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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.
1890-95; land + form Unabridged
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Examples from the web for landforms
  • These rates are critical to understanding how landforms evolved, and how they will continue to change.
  • Some are raised relief maps that give you an easy view of landforms in an area.
  • Drumlins are typically cigar-shaped landforms or resemble the inverted bowl of a spoon.
British Dictionary definitions for landforms


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



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

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landforms 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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