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[land-skeyp] /ˈlændˌskeɪp/
a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.
a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.
Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.
verb (used with object), landscaped, landscaping.
to improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.
to improve the landscape of.
verb (used without object), landscaped, landscaping.
to do landscape gardening as a profession.
Origin of landscape
1590-1600; 1925-30 for def 6; < Dutch landschap; cognate with Old English landsceap, landscipe; akin to German Landschaft. See land, -ship
Related forms
relandscape, verb, relandscaped, relandscaping.
1. view, scenery, vista, prospect. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for landscape
  • Taking great landscape photos isn't easy, but there are some guidelines that can improve anyone's skill.
  • As governments grapple with deficits, the landscape of higher education will change.
  • First, because the old alternating landscape provided a varied habitat, rich in species.
  • Every month, readers send us thousands of landscape photos.
  • It's as if one has gone back in time to a two lane road and an absolute serene landscape.
  • Using desert plants in the rest of the landscape helps compensate for the lawn's high water usage.
  • The biggest shift in the media landscape post-9/11 was the explosion of blogs and online citizen journalists.
  • Three years later, many are still trying to understand how the economy has changed the enrollment landscape.
  • The book circles and broods, transferring meanings between landscape and people with a fluidity that almost dissolves boundaries.
  • landscape photography is no longer limited to sunsets, mountains, and scenic vistas.
British Dictionary definitions for landscape


an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinct: ugly slagheaps dominated the landscape
a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery
  1. the genre including such pictures
  2. (as modifier): landscape painter
the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated whole: the landscape of the European imagination
  1. (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than height Compare portrait (sense 3)
  2. (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text
(transitive) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees
(intransitive) to work as a landscape gardener
Word Origin
C16 landskip (originally a term in painting), from Middle Dutch lantscap region; related to Old English landscipe tract of land, Old High German lantscaf region
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Word Origin and History for landscape

c.1600, "painting representing natural scenery," from Dutch landschap, from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship). Originally introduced as a painters' term. Old English had cognate landscipe, and cf. Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr. Meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is from 1886.


"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.

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