Definition of landing in English:



  • 1An instance of coming or bringing something to land, either from the air or from water.

    ‘we made a perfect landing at the airstrip’
    [mass noun] ‘the landing of men on the moon’
    • ‘We were an emergency landing strip, and we had emergency landings.’
    • ‘Trading speed for altitude, Art got the racer up to about 50 feet and managed to make a safe landing at the airfield.’
    • ‘Within the hour, we were letting down for a landing at Casablanca on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.’
    • ‘My sigh of relief when the pilot executed a perfect landing and brought the vessel to a safe stop was as deep as anyone's I reckon.’
    • ‘I needed to determine if the water was too deep to attempt a safe landing.’
    • ‘I taxi back for two more take-offs and landings, the last with the left engine at 15-inches and 1500 rpm to simulate an engine failure.’
    • ‘And in a combat glider, where there was only one chance to land safely once the pilot committed to a landing, there was no turning back.’
    • ‘Tailwind landings have you flying down final at an excess groundspeed, but at a given angle of descent.’
    • ‘Over the next several years, I remember it experienced two wheels-up landings from hard landing practice with students.’
    • ‘The airport handled 246,000 take-offs and landings last year, a number forecast to hit 314,000 in 20 years.’
    • ‘Aircraft landings were limited from May to September.’
    • ‘There was no good place to land now with the wheels up, nor could I make land and make a safe landing on the ground in downtown Toledo.’
    • ‘They take short cruises to perfect their take-offs and landings.’
    • ‘So why is it that even pilots with tens of thousands of hours still make less than perfect landings?’
    • ‘I started whistling, as I lined the capsule up with an open magnetic bay, and prepared to bring it in for a perfect landing.’
    • ‘There are restrictions on how much crosswind is permitted for an autopilot to make a landing.’
    • ‘Then, with a shove he is off, gliding across 10 metres of slippery plastic, making a messy landing in the soapy water at the end of the run.’
    • ‘Hauling scientists and supplies to the stations gives aircrews a chance to practice icy take-offs and landings and get a feel for being on the ice.’
    • ‘This seems to cause fairly consistently reasonable landings and the landing Toll out is still only 500 yards or so, even not using brake.’
    • ‘Fishermen are tired of bouncing about on rough seas and need a break with more settled water and good landings.’
    alighting, arrival, coming in, deplaning
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    1. 1.1An act of unloading troops in enemy territory as part of a military operation.
      ‘the D-Day landings’
      • ‘Deployed to New Guinea in 1944 she bombarded Japanese positions in the Admiralty Islands and took part in the landings at Sek Island.’
      • ‘The landing took place on August 6th and involved the landing of 63,000 Allied troops.’
      • ‘The classic example was the Allied air attacks on the French rail network in 1944 to interdict German troop movements that might interfere with the Normandy landings.’
      • ‘The total number of Allied troops involved in the landings was 65,000, a little more than half the strength of the French forces in North Africa.’
      • ‘Mr Walker was on board when it took part in troop landings in Sicily, Salerno and Anzio.’
      • ‘In the days following the D-Day landings, Allied troops carved a tenuous foothold on the coast of Normandy.’
      • ‘The original squadron served with distinction in the Mediterranean at Sicily, the Salerno landings and the invasion of southern France in 1944.’
      • ‘Operationally the landings in November were a complete success, politically a disaster.’
      • ‘This crust was to disrupt enemy landings long enough to allow the arrival of local reinforcements.’
      • ‘In the Second World War Germany planned a landing of troops in Sligo as part of an invasion of Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there is no official list of those Australians who served on the ships and landing craft during the D-Day landings.’
      • ‘Canada's military played a key role in the D-Day landings, code named Operation Overlord, with about 18,000 troops storming ashore at Juno Beach.’
      • ‘This weekend, the world will remember the courage and sacrifice of the Allied troops at the D-Day landings in France.’
      • ‘As a landing on an enemy coastline entails, everything we needed had to be carried with us.’
      • ‘It will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings, and many veterans' groups are already lined up to take part in a special event.’
      • ‘We have just witnessed the anniversary of the D-Day landings where British troops lost there lives fighting for freedom of speech, and some councillors say you won't listen to other people's opinions.’
      • ‘Her orders were to ‘generally run amok’ and create a diversion away from the allied landings.’
      • ‘Another service will take place on Juno Beach, at which the Queen will make a speech commemorating the role of Canadian troops in the landings.’
      • ‘The island's white sand beaches are bordered by razor wire and concrete structures that are supposed to prevent enemy troop landings.’
      • ‘This year marked the 90th anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops in Gallipoli.’
    2. 1.2A place where people and goods can be landed from a boat.
      ‘the ferry landing’
      • ‘Heck, we have beaches especially for dogs, even horses and separate beaches where there are boat landings.’
      • ‘The ABC bridge instead recalls the decks of ferry landings on the harbour.’
      • ‘They made their way down the pier to the boat landings.’
      • ‘The cruise to the ferry landing is another 700 metres.’
      • ‘Forgacs carried out millions of dollars in re-configuring the ship, and her sister HMAS Kanimbla by providing three helicopter landing places, a hangar, classrooms, communications centre and enhanced hospital and operating theatre.’
      • ‘Her crew also took part in rapid-roping from her Sea King helicopter to ward off ‘suspicious’ boats threatening the landings.’
      • ‘They have thus far been successful in opening several area ski trails, purchasing grooming equipment for the Noquemenon trail, and developed kayak and canoe landings.’
      • ‘Then, the Kamov will grasp the standing trunk with a hydraulic grapple at the bottom of the long line, break it off and ferry it to the landing.’
      • ‘This open green space is a popular landing place for small boats and picnickers, and a great spot for children to play.’
      • ‘And some poles were placed at boat landings to greet visitors arriving by canoe.’
      • ‘The first thing I look at is how high it is to the top of the landing or deck the stairs will be rising to.’
      • ‘We need a landing and a berthing port, until such time as a port in the area can facilitate such vessels.’
      • ‘Pitcairn was the final landing place for the mutineers from the Bounty who had rebelled against Captain Bligh.’
      • ‘Members reviewed proposals to renovate the 40 piers and landings that fall within the limits of Victoria Harbour.’
      • ‘It was dark when the aircraft arrived Workmates and first aiders on the ground positioned their vehicles so their headlights formed an ‘X’ to guide the helicopter to the landing place.’
      • ‘Access is purely by boat with landing places on the east and west shores.’
  • 2A level area at the top of a staircase or between one flight of stairs and another.

    ‘he ran across the landing to his bedroom’
    • ‘He lead up the flight of stairs to a small landing and then proceeded down a large, well-lit corridor decorated with huge tapestries.’
    • ‘If you live in a building with communal areas such as the hall, stairs and landings in a block of flats, make sure everyone knows that you are selling, and gently remind them to collect their post and help keep the front garden tidy.’
    • ‘Stairs lead from the landing to the attic level, which has two rooms.’
    • ‘We'd go through the main door of the museum, then we went down the first lot of stairs to a landing and then there was another flight.’
    • ‘A wooden staircase leads from the landing to the attic at the top of the house.’
    • ‘She walked up the stairs from the landing to the main floor.’
    • ‘I started to re-decorate our landing, stairs and hallway in mid-January.’
    • ‘There were rooms now; doors lined the landing and staircase.’
    • ‘Stairs rise from the landing to the attic room, which is floored and panelled in wood and features two velux windows and a good amount of eaves storage.’
    • ‘If the gap between railings on a stairway or at the landing is wide enough to crawl through you should rig a device to stop kids from doing so.’
    • ‘Upstairs, the bedroom and bathroom accommodation is located off a spacious landing with ceiling access to an attic storage area.’
    • ‘These make interesting corner or centre compositions which can occupy the pride of place in living rooms, lobbies, staircase landings, and so on.’
    • ‘Stairs lead from the landing to the final room in the house, a circular space which is currently being used as a home office but which could also make a teenager's den.’
    • ‘Stairs lead from the landing to the attic room at the top of the house.’
    • ‘The man still continued down another flight of stairs from the landing of the second floor.’
    • ‘Communal areas such as gardens, entrances, staircases and landings are all generously proportioned.’
    • ‘Concrete flooring at the stair landings, stained an earthy gold, and the liberal use of slate and steel, bring the basement out of the 19th century.’
    • ‘The building itself, however, was a solid concrete structure of staircases, landings and corridors with many rooms leading off them.’
    • ‘He stepped across the threshold of the tunnel and onto a landing of a flight stairs.’
    • ‘She was told the caretakers would provide a basic service including sweeping and mopping where necessary of halls, landings and stairs and cleaning of accessible windows.’