Definition of overland in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəˈland//ˈəʊvəland/

adverb & adjective

  • By land.

    as adjective ‘an overland trade route’
    as adverb ‘she journeyed overland’
    • ‘Innis adds that the overland route should provide a welcome shortcut for the ‘uphill’ trip back to U.S. waters.’
    • ‘In a desperate effort to keep the faltering tour project afloat, both sides agreed earlier this year to build an overland route across the demilitarized zone to carry many more tourists at much cheaper prices.’
    • ‘Burma also represented a possible overland trade route to China.’
    • ‘Kashmir was also a good centre for overland trade with Central Asia.’
    • ‘Medieval Europeans had known Chinese porcelain from the overland trade through the Near East, but it was a European rarity.’
    • ‘It takes 2 days by the overland routes to reach Ladakh.’
    • ‘A ceremony was held last Friday to mark the formal opening of the overland route to Mt. Kumgang, which is expected to attract many tourists to the mountain resort.’
    • ‘The army took the traditional overland route down the Danube River and across the Balkans to Constantinople.’
    • ‘The firm will determine the value of the lands that the province needs to buy to create an overland route.’
    • ‘This could boldly circumvent taxes imposed on overland trade routes through Ottoman territories.’
    • ‘The province has deliberately overestimated the costs of building a tunnel, while underestimating the costs of land necessary for the overland highway route, said Wood.’
    • ‘The result of these links between the Upper South and the northern part of the cotton states was an overland trade that expanded markedly in the years before secession.’
    • ‘Does this writer realise that the cost of a tunnel would be far greater than the cost of an overland route?’
    • ‘It first prospered as a stop at the edge of a desert stretch of The Silk Road, the ancient overland trade route between China and Europe.’
    • ‘The letter would express concerns about environmental impacts of a proposed overland route the Ministry of Transportation is considering.’
    • ‘A Pacific port at the end of an overland route short enough to be practical would revolutionize the balance of power in the Pacific, but for now the British have to make small raids at the end of a fragile supply line.’
    • ‘The political disintegration closed overland trade just as Europe's new national states entered an era of exploration and colonialism.’
    • ‘Search and rescue teams had since been combing the area with patrols following overland the route the plane would have taken.’
    • ‘However, juveniles and adults can both be found inland, and sightings, though rare, are so regular in fall that a small percentage of the population must use an overland migration route.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages there used to be something called the Silk Road, which was an overland trade route that ran from the Atlantic shores of Morocco to the Great Wall of China.’


  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Travel a long distance over land.

    ‘they left the ship and overlanded to Coolgardie’
    • ‘Travel is now relatively safe here, and has become increasingly popular as overlanding in parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa has become less so.’
    1. 1.1NZ, Australian historical with object and adverbial of direction Drive (livestock) over a long distance.
      ‘100,000 cattle were overlanded out of the Territory annually’
      • ‘He soon realised where some good money could be made and started overlanding cattle and sheep from New South Wales to South Australia.’
      • ‘During the 1880s sheep were still overlanded from nearby properties to Adelaide.’
      • ‘During 1870 some 3000 sheep from the Lake Hope Area in South Australia were overlanded to the Northern Territory, for the men working on the line at Roper River, by Ralph and John Milner.’
      • ‘Giles later worked on the newly discovered goldfields in the Northern Territory, but in 1874 Charles Todd requested him to overland another 5,000 sheep.’
      • ‘From there he eventually became involved in the pastoral industry and overlanded his sheep to South Australia.’