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[land-fil] /ˈlændˌfɪl/
noun, Also called sanitary landfill
a low area of land that is built up from deposits of solid refuse in layers covered by soil.
the solid refuse itself.
verb (used without object)
to create more usable land by this means.
verb (used with object)
to make (an area of land) by means of a landfill.
to use in a landfill:
to landfill millions of tons of garbage each year.
Origin of landfill
1940-45, Americanism; land + fill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for landfill
  • They say we're not about to run out of landfill space and that recycling paper keeps forests from being replanted with new trees.
  • Indeed, plenty of people suspect that lorry-loads of stuff collected for recycling end up in landfill instead.
  • Two small taxes-landfill levy and stamp duty on property sales-would also be devolved.
  • Most e-scrap still ends up as landfill, wasting resources and posing risks to health and the environment.
  • That's why the pickers are really important to the landfill, because they help increase its capacity.
  • The modern recycling movement is the product of a false crisis in landfill space created by the media and environmentalists.
  • Lying in a landfill, a desktop computer can take a toll on public health.
  • Rescue old wood windows from a trip to the landfill by turning them into picture frames.
  • With no way into the landfill, truck drivers began dumping around the city.
  • Rather than burn used wood or send it to the landfill, check out your local recycling opportunities.
British Dictionary definitions for landfill


  1. disposal of waste material by burying it under layers of earth
  2. (as modifier): landfill sites
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Word Origin and History for landfill

1916, from land (n.) + fill (n.). A euphemism for dump.

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landfill in Science
A disposal site where solid waste, such as paper, glass, and metal, is buried between layers of dirt and other materials in such a way as to reduce contamination of the surrounding land. Modern landfills are often lined with layers of absorbent material and sheets of plastic to keep pollutants from leaking into the soil and water. Also called sanitary landfill.
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