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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 landscaping
  • He'll pursue longtime interests in architecture, landscaping, literature.
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  • Writer interviews members of a landscaping crew about the use of blowers in their work.
  • Tells about a landscaping business he started in college to support himself.
  • They had set up rain barrels, a bat house, and landscaping to prevent runoff.
  • It also captures rainwater for recycling and relies on indigenous landscaping.
  • landscaping contractors could sell credits for trees and other vegetation.
  • Neat rows of headstones appear along well-maintained lawns and lush landscaping.
  • Careful landscaping eliminates the need for pesticides and irrigation.
British Dictionary definitions for landscaping


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 landscaping

by 1861; see landscape (v.).

The question, however, is, Can landscape-gardening (or short and sweet, landscaping) be taught? It, plainly, cannot. ["The Gardener's Monthly" July 1861]
Also of artists, "depiction as a landscape" (1868).



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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