the act of a person or thing that lands: The pilot brought his plane in for a landing.
a place where persons or goods are landed, as from a ship: The boat moored at the landing.
a platform between flights of stairs.
the floor at the head or foot of a flight of stairs.
the overlap of two plates or planks, as in a clinker-built shell.
the distance between the center of a rivet hole and the edge of the plate or shape into which it is cut.

1400–50; late Middle English; see land, -ing1

postlanding, adjective Unabridged


any part of the earth's surface not covered by a body of water; the part of the earth's surface occupied by continents and islands: Land was sighted from the crow's nest.
an area of ground with reference to its nature or composition: arable land.
an area of ground with specific boundaries: to buy land on which to build a house.
rural or farming areas, as contrasted with urban areas: They left the land for the city.
any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature or by the human hand.
any legal interest held in land.
Economics. natural resources as a factor of production.
a part of the surface of the earth marked off by natural or political boundaries or the like; a region or country: They came from many lands.
the people of a region or country
Audio. the flat surface between the grooves of a phonograph record.
a realm or domain: the land of the living.
a surface between furrows, as on a millstone or on the interior of a rifle barrel.
Scot. a tenement house.
verb (used with object)
to bring to or set on land: to land passengers or goods from a ship; to land an airplane.
to bring into or cause to arrive in a particular place, position, or condition: His behavior will land him in jail.
Informal. to catch or capture; gain; win: to land a job.
Angling. to bring (a fish) to land, or into a boat, etc., as with a hook or a net.
verb (used without object)
to come to land or shore: The boat lands at Cherbourg.
to go or come ashore from a ship or boat.
to alight upon a surface, as the ground, a body of water, or the like: to land on both feet.
to hit or strike the ground, as from a height: The ball landed at the far side of the court.
to strike and come to rest on a surface or in something: The golf ball landed in the lake.
to come to rest or arrive in a particular place, position, or condition (sometimes followed by up ): to land in trouble; to land up 40 miles from home.
Verb phrases
land on, Informal. to reprimand; criticize: His mother landed on him for coming home so late.
land on one's feet. foot ( def 40 ).
see how the land lies, to investigate in advance; inform oneself of the facts of a situation before acting: You should see how the land lies before making a formal proposal. Compare lay of the land.

before 900; Middle English (noun and v.), Old English (noun); cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic land; akin to Irish lann, Welsh llan church (orig. enclosure), Breton lann heath. See lawn1

landlike, adjective
reland, verb
underland, noun Unabridged
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land (lænd)
1.  the solid part of the surface of the earth as distinct from seas, lakes, etcRelated: terrestrial
2.  a.  ground, esp with reference to its use, quality, etc
 b.  (in combination): land-grabber
3.  rural or agricultural areas as contrasted with urban ones
4.  farming as an occupation or way of life
5.  law
 a.  any tract of ground capable of being owned as property, together with any buildings on it, extending above and below the surface
 b.  any hereditament, tenement, or other interest; realty
6.  a.  a country, region, or area
 b.  the people of a country, etc
7.  a realm, sphere, or domain
8.  economics the factor of production consisting of all natural resources
9.  the unindented part of a grooved surface, esp one of the ridges inside a rifle bore
10.  how the land lies the prevailing conditions or state of affairs
11.  to transfer (something) or go from a ship or boat to the shore: land the cargo
12.  (intr) to come to or touch shore
13.  to come down or bring (something) down to earth after a flight or jump
14.  to come or bring to some point, condition, or state
15.  (tr) angling to retrieve (a hooked fish) from the water
16.  informal (tr) to win or obtain: to land a job
17.  informal (tr) to deliver (a blow)
Related: terrestrial
[Old English; compare Old Norse, Gothic land, Old High German lant]

Land (lænd)
Edwin Herbert. 1909--91, US inventor of the Polaroid Land camera

Land2 (lant)
n , pl Länder
a.  any of the federal states of Germany
 b.  any of the provinces of Austria

landing (ˈlændɪŋ)
1.  a.  the act of coming to land, esp after a flight or sea voyage
 b.  (as modifier): landing place
2.  a place of disembarkation
3.  the floor area at the top of a flight of stairs or between two flights of stairs

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Word Origin & History

O.E. land, lond, "ground, soil," also "definite portion of the earth's surface, home region of a person or a people, territory marked by political boundaries," from P.Gmc. *landom (cf. O.N., O.Fris. Du., Ger., Goth. land), from PIE *lendh- "land, heath" (cf. O.Ir. land, Middle Welsh llan "an open space,"
Welsh llan "enclosure, church," Breton lann "heath," source of Fr. lande; O.C.S. ledina "waste land, heath," Czech lada "fallow land"). Etymological evidence and Goth. use indicates the original sense was "a definite portion of the earth's surface owned by an individual or home of a nation." Meaning early extended to "solid surface of the earth," which had been the sense of the root of Mod.Eng. earth. Original sense of land in English is now mostly found under country. To take the lay of the land is a nautical expression. In the Amer.Eng. exclamation land's sakes (1846) land is a euphemism for Lord

"to bring to land," c.1300, from land (n.). Originally of ships; of fish, in the angling sense, from 1610s; hence figurative sense of "to obtain" (a job, etc.), first recorded 1854. Of aircraft, attested from 1916.

"to make contact, to hit home" (of a punch, etc.), altered from lend in a playful sense.

c.1600, place for boats; of stairs, first attested 1789; from land (v.1).
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Example sentences
But suddenly there came a whisper of soft feet on the landing, and a secret tap
  at the door.
He was wilful, insisted on landing in laps when their makers wanted to read.
She did not want to leave the boat at the landing, and cried bitterly.
He was forced back, tripped and pitched heavily into the corner of the landing.
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