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[land-mas] /ˈlændˌmæs/
noun, Geology
a part of the continental crust above sea level having a distinct identity, as a continent or large island.
Origin of landmass
1855-60; land + mass Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The centre of this land mass lies in Europe, a point not without its importance.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
  • What if it is a land mass, great as Europe or greater, that no one knew anything of?

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • In youth the land mass was roughhewn and cut deep by stream erosion.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • The great majority of the birds were observed after they had proceeded beyond the northern edge of this land mass.

  • For the past three thousand years and more the eastern end of the European-Asiatic land mass has formed a world to itself.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Perhaps some two hours later Ross swam toward the land mass of Kyn Add.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Instead, there were thousands of islands, so many that the land mass roughly equaled the sea surface.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Finally there are those which are confined to one land mass and very often to a restricted region of that.

    Earthworms and their Allies Frank E. Beddard
British Dictionary definitions for land mass


a large continuous area of land, as opposed to seas or islands
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land mass in Science
A large, continuous area of land, such as a continent or a very large island.
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