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landfall

[land-fawl] /ˈlændˌfɔl/
noun
1.
an approach to or sighting of land:
The ship will make its landfall at noon tomorrow.
2.
the land sighted or reached.
3.
a landslide.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; land + fall
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British Dictionary definitions for landfall

landfall

/ˈlændˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
the act of sighting or nearing land, esp from the sea
2.
the land sighted or neared
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Word Origin and History for landfall
n.

"sighting of land," 1620s, also "the first land 'made' on a sea voyage;" from land (v.1) + fall (v.) in the sense of "happen." From the days of imprecise nautical navigation.

Land-fall. The first land discovered after a sea voyage. Thus a good land fall implies the land expected or desired; a bad landfall the reverse. [John Hamilton Moore, "The New Practical Navigator," London, 1814]
Of hurricanes, by 1932.

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