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[land-fawrm] /ˈlændˌfɔrm/
noun, Geology
a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills, valleys, and alluvial fans.
Origin of landform
1890-95; land + form Unabridged
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Examples from the web for landform
  • Do the same on the other transparency for the landform region map.
  • The result was a high, flat landform called a plateau.
  • It is a wide, flat, elevated landform with steep sides.
  • The odd holes are unlike any other landform yet seen in the solar system.
  • Streams create landforms, but water in a stream is not a landform.
  • The sediment or rock forming a stream channel is the landform.
  • The primary focus of this paper is on the various engineering techniques to stabilize a site with minimal landform alteration.
  • Understand how each geographic landform might facilitate or obstruct human settlement.
  • The surface of the landform may extend through one kind of parent material and into another.
  • Reclamation restores the original landform or creates a landform that blends in with the surrounding landform.
British Dictionary definitions for landform


(geology) any natural feature of the earth's surface, such as valleys and mountains
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Word Origin and History for landform

1893; see land (n.) + form (n.). Perhaps immediately from German Landform.

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landform in Science
A recognizable, naturally formed feature on the Earth's surface. Landforms have a characteristic shape and can include such large features as plains, plateaus, mountains, and valleys, as well as smaller features such as hills, eskers, and canyons.
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