Main definitions of land in US English:

: land1Land2



  • 1The part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water, as opposed to the sea or the air.

    ‘the reptiles lay their eggs on land’
    ‘after four weeks at sea we sighted land’
    • ‘When the Earth is viewed from space on a cloudless day, all that can be seen are the edges of land, sea and icecaps.’
    • ‘The ecosystem, both on land and in the water, depends heavily upon the activity of bacteria.’
    • ‘Never dump oil in the water, on land or in the trash; fines can be in the thousands!’
    • ‘The guns can be fired from the vehicle on land or water, or can be dismounted and used in a normal fashion.’
    • ‘As happy in the water as on land, this breed is a fearless swimmer, and is most useful for hunting wild fowl.’
    • ‘If the mine came down on land instead of water, it was supposed to go off seventeen seconds later.’
    • ‘Movements in water are slower than movements on land due to water resistance.’
    • ‘What allows the eel catfish to flourish there is its elongated body and ability to feed on both land and water.’
    • ‘The melting of sea ice and glaciers on land make surface waters fresher than they are now.’
    • ‘Equally at home in water or on land, the Newfoundland was large enough to pull in a drowning man or to break the ice to retrieve him.’
    • ‘Then imagine that you and your buddy are alone, with no sight of land, nor any surface cover!’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, 800,000 square kilometres of land were under water across the region.’
    • ‘We're amphibians, living part of our lives in the water and part on land.’
    • ‘There are 26,000 million insects living in every square mile of habitable land on Earth.’
    • ‘When he did, he noticed that the dam was built half on land and half on water.’
    • ‘After the wave comes the trough, where the sea level drops below normal and the water dumped on land pours back to the sea.’
    • ‘A car that can drive on land, sail on water and fly through the air will be unveiled next month.’
    • ‘It was May, and the island was a meeting place for breeding animals, both in the water and on land.’
    • ‘The way solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth's surface depends primarily on whether the surface is land or sea.’
    • ‘Seismic waves are detected by instruments known as geophones when used on land or hydrophones in water.’
    • ‘For while adult amphibians usually live on land, their soft eggs must be laid in the water.’
    terra firma, dry land, solid ground
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    1. 1.1as modifier Living or traveling on land rather than in water or the air.
      ‘a land mammal’
      • ‘The screened-in shelter on the lakeshore offered a view of both land and water birds.’
      • ‘And then, as now, it was essentially a debate between maritime forces and land forces.’
      • ‘Yet the Pleistocene was also characterized by the presence of distinctive large land mammals and birds.’
      • ‘Every living land animal with a backbone is descended from the same group of fish.’
      • ‘He pointed out that whales share a number of traits with land mammals, such as milk and a placenta.’
      • ‘He went on to command the US land forces at D-Day and the subsequent US advance through France.’
      • ‘Most sharks are simply not tuned in to eating land mammals.’
      • ‘The best clue we can give you is that these organisms are considered to be the closest living relatives of land plants.’
      • ‘Next to the elephant, the white rhino is the largest land mammal and can weigh up to 3.6 metric tons.’
      • ‘A further benefit is that the winter months see greater cloud cover, making it easier for allied land forces to operate unseen.’
      • ‘As a part of the fleets and flotillas they operated with land forces to defend ports and installations.’
      • ‘The African elephant is the largest living land animal and weighs up to 5,400 kg.’
      • ‘In 1700 both land and water transport were still extremely expensive in most parts of Europe.’
      • ‘At the moment, silence is being maintained over both the arming of the land forces and the total cost of the military plans.’
      • ‘Their teeth, like those of most land mammals, still show differentiation into several types.’
      • ‘The report says the amount of contaminants in land mammals such as musk ox and reindeer is still low.’
      • ‘In consequence French land forces were both marooned and blockaded.’
      • ‘Why did we ever choose to become clumsy land beasts when water is our essence and feels so much like home?’
      • ‘After the war he specialised in tropical medicine and was consultant to the Far East land forces in Singapore.’
      • ‘The other important role for the Navy in Asia is to project land forces ashore.’
    2. 1.2 An expanse of land; an area of ground, especially in terms of its ownership or use.
      ‘the land north of the village’
      ‘the Indians were wiped out as gold prospectors invaded their lands’
      • ‘How much is a prime parcel of Arctic land with a water view?’
      • ‘In most islands some small-scale farmers continued to occupy prime lands, maintaining a cash-crop culture on the margins of plantations.’
      • ‘After selling their farms in Southern California at profitable prices, many citrus growers began looking for new lands to farm.’
      • ‘Then on to the Fens - a land of fertile fields and canals and dykes with The Isle of Ely rising majestically from the heart of it all.’
      • ‘Today the county council said it was not aware of a promise to return to clean up the land but would arrange to tidy up any land which was covered in rubbish.’
      • ‘They say that builders must be discouraged from building on green sites, rather than re-using land in the inner areas.’
      • ‘Arable land is one thing the Eastern Cape is not short of but development of much of this has been slow or non-existent.’
      • ‘The world's cultivated lands have grown to an area about the size of South America.’
      • ‘The fishponds there were generally small and sited on marginal lands unusable for agriculture.’
      • ‘Last year the archaeologists' project was making sure land to be covered by a cycleway did not include valuable remains.’
      • ‘Any land over 5 hectares that is not urban land is also covered by the proposed regime.’
      • ‘It would be able to seize vehicles caught fly tipping and could prosecute anyone caught dropping litter on any piece of land or water.’
      • ‘On a visit many years ago they chanced upon a man who declared he had the best plot of land on God's Earth, on the shores of Loch Melford.’
      • ‘On every edge of the suburbs were hayfields, waste lands, ditches and culverts.’
      • ‘The aim is to restore waste land in the deprived area and create a community gardening scheme to attract jobs.’
      • ‘Every year the action of the wind destroyed thousands of hectares of fertile lands, apt for cattle exploitation.’
      • ‘At times one could be forgiven for thinking that there would be no more land left to stake a mineral claim on.’
      • ‘It concerned a man called Mr John White, who bought 586 hectares of farming land in Northland.’
      • ‘In this case a motorcyclist was injured in a collision at a junction where visibility was restricted by a bank of earth on land owned by British Rail.’
      • ‘The drought has not helped matters as animals have abandoned their traditional grazing lands in search of greener pastures.’
      • ‘The landscape contains a mosaic of residential, agricultural, old field successional and forested lands.’
      grounds, ground, fields, open space, open area
      soil, earth, loam, sod, dirt, clay, turf, topsoil, humus, marl
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    3. 1.3the land Ground or soil used as a basis for agriculture.
      ‘my family had worked the land for many years’
      • ‘She is a country person who believes in using the products of the land.’
      • ‘Dung and bedding, along with all other crop residues, are returned to the land to replenish soil nutrients.’
      • ‘In both cases, these local leaders play a key role in what happens on the land, including farm land.’
      • ‘German Mennonites settle the area, cultivate the land and build the infrastructure.’
      • ‘While Betsy and Mack spoke of working the land, Leah and Ana talked of different things.’
      • ‘But should we not remember who it was who broke the land and tilled the soil?’
      • ‘Savory also noted that too much rest was as bad for the land as too much grazing.’
      • ‘So did the early Indo Europeans till the land and possess wheeled vehicles?’
      • ‘Edna Beard fell in love with the countryside while working the land to feed a nation at war.’
      the countryside, the country, rural areas, farmland, agricultural land
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  • 2A country.

    ‘the valley is one of the most beautiful in the land’
    ‘the lands of the Middle East’
    ‘America, the land of political equality’
    • ‘Publishers would have to take account of the law of every land on Earth.’
    • ‘Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help.’
    • ‘To understand this answer we must study the philosophy of the history of the world, especially in reference to political geography - the various lands and countries.’
    • ‘They are fleeing from the dire economic and social circumstances in their own lands to countries that offer them a better future.’
    • ‘The first series proved unmissable with six weeks of first class original music from some of the best bands in the land.’
    • ‘Every time one sells or buys a product made from the abuse of others in the so-called Third World nations or their lands makes them guilty of immoral gains.’
    • ‘We made a lot of wonderful friends, saw some beautiful countryside in lands far away, and experienced some incredible receptions along the way.’
    • ‘Although women could work in slums or in the back country of foreign lands, national suffrage would surely permanently soil them.’
    • ‘As he travelled across the land evangelizing at revival meetings he took the lads with him.’
    • ‘You might be under the impression that, for such a beautiful land, they've been blessed with a truly ugly language.’
    • ‘It has been the land of mighty empires, a powerful trading nation rich in culture and civilisation.’
    • ‘During her teens, Samerjan was introduced to unusual fabrics from exotic lands by her father, a successful textile manufacturer.’
    • ‘You won't find a better dance ensemble this side of that imaginary line that separates the US from the wild and beautiful lands and music to its south.’
    • ‘After establishing himself as an artist in his native land, he decided to immigrate to the United States.’
    • ‘Sailors traveling to exotic foreign lands began to collect tattoos as souvenirs of their journeys.’
    • ‘After all, it's America that is the young country, the republic, the land of informality and classlessness.’
    • ‘Naturally air conditioned by windtowers which catch the breezes then funnel them below, the Souk is a great marketplace in which to examine products from countless lands.’
    • ‘To think of the dads, grandads and brothers who fought in the war to protect our land from Nazis to then see them emerging behind a political party.’
    • ‘The reasons for his sudden emergence as a real power in the land were essentially political.’
    • ‘Philip Gailey ends his article with a wish for a country he regards as ‘one of the most beautiful and hospitable lands on the planet’.’
    country, nation, state, nation state, fatherland, motherland, homeland, realm, kingdom, empire, republic, commonwealth, province, territory, district, region, area, domain
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    1. 2.1 A conceptual realm or domain.
      ‘you are living in a fantasy land’
      • ‘I think I must live in some kind of crazed fantasy land, when I have absolutely NO self awareness whatsoever.’
      • ‘Too bad that the producers of that series decided to revisit the land of adult insecurities with a whole new cast of characters.’
      • ‘Who but one transported by fame into fantasy land could think it?’
      • ‘Sitting at your desk, making statues out of paperclips, it's easy to drift off into a fantasy land of ice cream and beaches.’
      • ‘I have already begun to fall back into my fantasy land, my mind's safe haven.’
      • ‘This is a land of fantasy, adventure and discovery, a place where those dreams become reality.’
      • ‘For her the book fair is just a free ticket to fantasy land - one they cannot ignore.’
      • ‘In using them, we work outside the realm of right and wrong, and within the land of cause and effect.’
      • ‘My ears cannot stand the sound, especially when my mind is still in that ever so far away land of dreams.’
      • ‘Through reading the Harry Potter series, it would seem many want to enter children's imaginary fantasy lands, too.’
      • ‘But he said anyone who suggested the port would have a cloud of dust hovering over it was in fantasy land.’
      • ‘Do not be afraid of disappearing into a fantasy land of castles, maidens and jousting knights for an hour or two.’
      • ‘She should have been out eating lunch with Barnes at Goldman's, not in some fantasy land.’
      • ‘She was one of those girls who lives in this fantasy land where absolutely nothing is ever their fault.’
      • ‘Once a person reaches this level of isolation, it is hard to come back to the land of sanity.’
  • 3The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.

    • ‘It's about 43 inches long, with a 24-inch barrel with one twist and five lands and grooves.’
    • ‘The caliber was 16-gauge and the barrel was rifled with lands and grooves that ran straight as an arrow from breech to muzzle.’
    • ‘The rotating band contacts the lands and grooves at the forcing cone.’
    • ‘Since it uses a reverse electroplating process, there's no abrasive action from bore scouring brushes and no possibility of scratching the lands and grooves.’
    • ‘What is radical about the Briley design is that it is rifled with six, straight, equally spaced lands and grooves.’


  • 1with object Put (someone or something) on land from a boat.

    ‘the lifeboat landed the survivors safely ashore’
    • ‘When his condition was stable, he was landed at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.’
    • ‘When the operation settled down, the boats landed some excellent catches at New Plymouth.’
    • ‘The King and Queen scallops are landed by local boats which fish the Irish sea.’
    • ‘Boats were refused permission by the Department to land their catches at Dingle.’
    • ‘Many of the boats have been landing their fish in Killybegs.’
    • ‘Instead of the expected peaceful handover, the Captains of the ships signalled attack, landed their troops and began an all-out assault.’
    • ‘The rescued fishermen were transferred to the lifeboat and landed at Valentia Island but luckily none of the men were injured.’
    • ‘Then there were the marine corps and army infantry who waded ashore or were landed by air on island after island.’
    • ‘It is cheek by jowl with the small boats that land the fish, and a stone's throw from the market where it is auctioned.’
    • ‘Your boat will land you at the point where the river meets the sea and from then on you walk.’
    • ‘It is illegal to dump any waste material at sea and all vessels will have to log and land their waste on returning from sea.’
    • ‘The more I think about it, the more unlikely it is that these girls are landed by boat.’
    • ‘The rescued mariners were landed at Culdrose, where they were checked by the medical team and given a good breakfast and a chance to rest.’
    • ‘All but one of the crew were picked up by the Mevagissey lifeboat and landed there.’
    • ‘The nuclear boat then made visits to affiliates on the islands of Islay and Jura, where some of the crew were landed to tour a few of the most famous whisky distilleries in the world.’
    • ‘Sailors and supplies were landed during the night while heavy gunfire was concentrated on the Royalists.’
    • ‘The ship's medical officer stitched a number of John's lacerations before the ship landed him at Key West the following day.’
    • ‘The survivor was treated for the effects of drinking seawater, and landed ashore, where he went on to make a full recovery.’
    • ‘One boat that regularly lands the deep-sea species at Scrabster in Caithness is the Amadeus.’
    • ‘It reminded me that Virginia used to impose a fine of 100 pounds on ship's captains landing Quakers in the colony.’
    • ‘Free French officers were landed by air and boat to negotiate the port's peaceful transfer, but they received a hostile response as did an advance landing party.’
    • ‘Over the years we have bought lobsters, prawns, crabs and scallops on the shore outside the house, direct from the boats that landed them.’
    • ‘Military materiel is landed via a bow ramp and also via assault boats through the doors of the flooded well.’
    • ‘The work will allow boats and barges to land cargo in bad weather because the planned site is sheltered by the reef.’
    1. 1.1no object Go ashore; disembark.
      ‘the marines landed at a small fishing jetty’
      • ‘Christopher Columbus landed in Honduras on his last voyage in 1502.’
      • ‘In 1942 he was evacuated shortly before Singapore fell to the Japanese; his ship was torpedoed and he spent three weeks in an open lifeboat before landing in Java.’
      • ‘As a combat correspondent in World War IL, he landed with the marines at Guam and Iwo Jima.’
      • ‘When the US marines landed in the south, an armoured column immediately set out to meet them, eager at last to engage the enemy.’
      • ‘No lives were lost and all landed safely ashore.’
      • ‘From there we stopped at the tiny islands of Providencia and San Andres, finally landing in the rain forests of Panama.’
      • ‘Captain James Cook also landed at La France Australe on Christmas Eve 1776.’
      • ‘Japan was a Buddhist country when in 1543 Portuguese missionaries landed on Kyushu Island in Southern Japan.’
      • ‘Thirty-four thousand troops landed that day, but at a high cost, for over 2,500 became casualties.’
      • ‘It's a bay in south-western Cuba, in which US marines landed in 1898 during the Cuban War of Independence.’
      • ‘When the British explorer Captain James Cook landed at Botany Bay, he claimed the whole of the east coast of Australia for Britain.’
      • ‘On May 3 right wing paramilitaries had landed by boat in Bojaya.’
      • ‘The largest group landed in 1893 when four hundred camels and ninety-four men disembarked.’
      • ‘Imagine you land in a port somewhere and want to go into town for groceries and sight seeing.’
      disembark, reach the shore, go ashore, debark, alight, get off
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    2. 1.2 Bring (a fish) to land, especially with a net or hook.
      ‘I landed a scrappy three-pound walleye’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I have had to stay at home and go bass fishing, trying to land all of the large bass that are currently around.’
      • ‘And, if you dip a fishing rod into any one of their famous fish farms, you're likely to land a very fat salmon or char.’
      • ‘International golfer Mark O'Meara was one of those to land a summer salmon, when he hooked and landed an 11 lb fish on the 5th.’
      • ‘My best mate and fishing partner Simon Crow went out for a week and landed 20 fish up to 48 lb in size.’
      • ‘Some very good fish have been landed in the past week, with more being hooked and lost.’
      • ‘It wasn't long before Lee landed his first pike weighing in at 9lb 11 oz and was also chuffed with himself.’
      • ‘Grant Gibson from Newton St Boswells took the honours after landing an incredible 17 fish from the Melrose stretch.’
      • ‘Neil Yates landed the heaviest fish of the day - an 8lb 15 oz carp.’
      • ‘There followed a long reminiscence of his lost love, and how she had landed this and that fish of blessed memory.’
      • ‘I look forward to meeting many of you next year and hopefully landing a few more fish!’
      • ‘No salmon were reported from the river, but like the Bunowen, fish should be running here too and if more anglers were out, we should see some fish landed.’
      • ‘Pat Gannon landed his first Salmon of the season, a nice 10.5 lb fish at the Gannon fishery.’
      • ‘The top prize went to Christy Tobin all the way from Limerick while P.J. Brogan from Ballina landed the biggest fish of the day.’
      • ‘Tipperary man Frank Acheson had an early success on Tuesday the 3rd, when he landed a 12.5lbs fish on the spinner.’
      • ‘Dewar won the accolade of top rod overall after clinching first place in all four sessions and Jones landed the biggest fish, a grayling of 42 cm.’
      • ‘I tightened into a fish and soon landed a nice brown trout of about 14 inches.’
      • ‘As soon as a fish is tired and ready to be landed the guide will ask you for one so he can loop it through the gills and tie it to a convenient branch while it recovers.’
      • ‘As we approached the anglers, they hooked and landed an immature striped bass.’
      • ‘John McDonagh landed a 3 lb fish at Durkan's Pool and several others were hooked and lost.’
      • ‘This method proved a success in landing another 16 fish for Roy - an excellent day's sport.’
      catch, capture, take captive, trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, bag, hook
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    3. 1.3informal Succeed in obtaining or achieving (something desirable), especially in the face of strong competition.
      ‘she landed the starring role in a new film’
      • ‘Kilmaine boxers landed three Connacht titles at the recent provincial championships in Westport.’
      • ‘It was amazing to see who landed the roles, and even more surprising who caught on with audiences.’
      • ‘Luke was a hero in his own social circles for landing such a key role in a series of movies.’
      • ‘Then in October 2001, de Cartier landed the position of creative director at a prestigious music publishing company.’
      • ‘He has come very close to landing several other major roles recently.’
      • ‘Other signings have disappointed but McCormack excelled himself in the close season by landing St George star Darren Treacy.’
      • ‘He didn't look like someone who had landed the plum job in Brussels.’
      • ‘Using only what God gave me, I landed my first major role in ‘Jesus, Mary and Joeseph!’’
      • ‘The Hyde Park Hotel may have been where Marco landed his third Michelin star but Harvey's was where he made his name.’
      • ‘And as we go to break, a concert scene from the movie that made Bette Midler a star and landed her first Oscar nomination.’
      • ‘But Miami, as they soon will be called, landed their largest sports star since Shaq this winter.’
      • ‘Returning home he landed a job writing about the new music for The Spectator.’
      • ‘The Chargers also landed wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight as part of their deal with the Falcons.’
      • ‘After that he landed a more central role in The Italian Job opposite Edward Norton, Charlize Theron and rap superstar Marky Mark.’
      • ‘And a break of 76 in the final frame ensured that the Leeds player landed the £82, 500 first prize.’
      • ‘It was in 1997 that Chris won his first major prize in an open competition by landing the President's Cup and the awards have come thick and fast since then.’
      • ‘John Thaw, who died from cancer this week at the age of 60, landed his first paid role on a stall at Smithfield Market as a teenager.’
      • ‘He and many others landed jobs on in-shore mackerel boats, fishing tamer waters around the Isle of Skye and Plymouth.’
      • ‘He blindsided the competition by landing Wolfgang Reitzle to run the Premier Auto Group.’
      • ‘But the Bradford light-middle is not complaining after landing a fight on the Dale Robinson undercard in London on Friday.’
      • ‘Dermot Weld's feat in landing a second Melbourne Cup is a remarkable achievement.’
      obtain, get, acquire, procure, secure, be appointed to, gain, net, win, earn, achieve, attain, bag, come by, draw, pick up
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  • 2no object Come down through the air and alight on the ground.

    ‘planes landing at the rate of two a minute’
    • ‘He said police in a helicopter landed on their farm shortly before 5am with a search warrant.’
    • ‘Before noon, the plane landed on a single runway near town.’
    • ‘In 1997 the Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the surface of Mars in the mouth of one of the channels.’
    • ‘I heard the rumbling of an engine and scraping of wheels as a plane landed on the runway, and I shifted.’
    • ‘A large, black raven glided down and landed on the ground a few feet away.’
    • ‘It's going to be fitted with wheels and it will still be doing around 40 to 50 mph when it lands on the runway.’
    • ‘I'd been to The Bronx only once before, and had exactly the same sensation then, so that by the time you alight you might as well be landing on the moon.’
    • ‘That was what you saw as the helicopters landed at this Marine air base, which is about 65 miles south of the capital.’
    • ‘Despite the dust storm, it landed on the surface and for a few tantalising moments started transmitting the first view from the Martian surface.’
    • ‘Almost four hours later, the green light came on in the helicopter's cabin, signaling that the Marine teams would be landing in three minutes.’
    • ‘The plane, carrying members of the band and their touring staff, overshot after landing in severe weather conditions on arrival from Buffalo, New York.’
    • ‘We landed, disembarked and entered the terminal building, a dank shell of gnawed concrete.’
    • ‘Likewise, aircraft should require some level of permission from the Department of Conservation before landing in marine reserve areas.’
    • ‘We flew on a turboprop military plane and landed on the carrier.’
    • ‘The presidential helicopter, Marine One, is now landing on the South Lawn at the White House.’
    • ‘It said the rocket was fired shortly after sunset and landed on a farm land nearly 300 meters short of the embassy building.’
    • ‘On 24 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edward Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon.’
    • ‘Just before the last passenger flight touches down, two more Concordes will also land at the west London airport.’
    • ‘It is expected to return to Earth and land in the Australian Outback in June 2007.’
    • ‘For more than 40 years, the Moon has been visited by automated space probes and by nine manned expeditions, six of which landed on its surface.’
    touch down, alight, make a landing, come in to land, come down, come to rest, arrive
    perch, settle, come down, come to rest, alight
    bring down, make a landing, put down, take down
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    1. 2.1with object Bring (an aircraft or spacecraft) to the ground or the surface of water in a controlled way.
      ‘the copilot landed the plane’
      • ‘But a local resident has complained to the council about Mr Kearney's use of his home for taking off and landing his helicopter.’
      • ‘The purpose of the session was to educate ground crews on the proper procedure for landing a helicopter.’
      • ‘Need to land a light aircraft in a hurry but can't find a convenient runway?’
      • ‘The crew landed the aircraft without further incident.’
      • ‘In the early '80s, Ray Dolan landed fighter planes on aircraft carriers.’
      • ‘A Skipton pilot was commended by the Royal Air Force for successfully landing a burning aircraft at Portsmouth airport.’
      • ‘So those who managed to eject or safely land their aircraft could live to fight another day.’
      • ‘Being able to land an airplane when the engine has quit is a skill that can save your bacon.’
      • ‘Although another pilot took off and landed the aircraft, Mr Henshaw flew it over the Cambridgeshire countryside using its dual controls.’
      • ‘With enemy cavalry approaching, LT McNamara landed his own aircraft under heavy fire.’
      • ‘In there, you have to pay close attention to how you simulate landing a Soyuz spacecraft.’
      • ‘They'll then have their photo taken after they've landed the plane they hijacked.’
      • ‘The fourth time he landed the aircraft, he crashed it.’
      • ‘We'll bring you the live pictures as soon as the pilot gets ready to land that aircraft.’
      • ‘My copilot and I knew we had plenty of power to land the aircraft with the remaining two engines.’
      • ‘Each one was part of a lunar landing mission during which two American astronauts landed a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.’
      • ‘We also flew to Crete and bombed the Maleme airfield which was being used to land the German aeroplanes.’
      • ‘Mr Hughes had just landed the helicopter in a field.’
      • ‘Even though you have landed the aircraft, there are a lot of things to be done before you can start patting yourself and your crew on the back.’
      • ‘The aircraft was immediately landed thereafter and the airframe was inspected.’
      • ‘The pilots tried to land the aircraft on a nearby clearing but could not as there were other firefighters standing on the site.’
      touch down, alight, make a landing, come in to land, come down, come to rest, arrive
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    2. 2.2 Reach the ground after falling or jumping.
      ‘he leaped over the fence and landed nimbly on his feet’
      • ‘The distracted cyclist flew over the handlebars and landed on the pavement.’
      • ‘As the chopper got closer to the ground, the person standing jumped off, landing in the sand.’
      • ‘He landed on the ground a few meters away and rolled over several times before he came to a dead halt.’
      • ‘Brian went toppling over, landing with a splash in the pool.’
      • ‘I smirked and jumped down, landing on the path behind them.’
      • ‘Leeds Crown Court heard in the process he suddenly dropped some nine metres, landing on his feet, but fell backwards and struck his head.’
      • ‘She dropped her cigarette into a puddle and slid off of the bonnet of my car, landing with a splash on the gravel.’
      • ‘I tripped over myself as I exited the car and landed on the ground.’
      • ‘Before he could reach it, Jason stumbled on a raised section of the ground and landed on his forearms, struggling to regain his footing.’
      • ‘I connected shoulders with someone and I landed on the ground.’
      • ‘Without another word the siblings jumped, landing in a pile of hay.’
      • ‘A workman who slipped and fell 30 ft off a house roof had an incredible escape when he landed with a splash - in a children's paddling pool.’
      • ‘He fell through the doctor's arms, landing on his feet and eventually on his bottom.’
      • ‘She fell backwards, landing with a sickening thud, and didn't move.’
      • ‘He let go of her and jumped back, landing on a rooftop.’
      • ‘The lack of tread on the soles saw me fly into the air and nearly land face first on the treadmill.’
      • ‘She opened the hatch and jumped in, Alec landing right behind her.’
      • ‘In a single movement, she slipped out of the saddle and landed on the ground.’
      • ‘As Peter saw Marc disappear into the blackness, he felt a dreadful sense of foreboding, hearing the splash when Marc landed.’
      • ‘How badly your child may be injured depends on how far she fell and the surface she landed on.’
      • ‘Wearing only a pair of red socks, he slipped when his feet touched down and he landed hard on his back.’
    3. 2.3with adverbial of place (of an object) come to rest after falling or being thrown.
      ‘the plate landed in her lap’
      • ‘Without looking up he threw a book that landed with a thud on the table in front of Evelyn.’
      • ‘You'd need to create a diversion, by throwing a rock that lands behind them, making a noise and distracting them temporarily.’
      • ‘I dropped my fork on the glass plate and it landed with a small ‘clank’.’
      • ‘Forty-four gallon drums of chemicals shot more than a hundred metres high, landing up to 400 metres away.’
      • ‘Fortunately, at that moment a drop from a high-up stalactite landed in the waiting pool beneath, making a loud splash as it landed.’
      • ‘Suddenly this giant brick landed in front of us then we turned around and there was one behind us.’
      • ‘She flipped a pancake from the hot plate expertly and it landed neatly on her plate of four.’
      • ‘Some landed in the deep fat fryer, splashing oil everywhere.’
      • ‘So it should come as no surprise that, five minutes into lunch, a giant tangle of grilled onions landed right in my lap.’
      • ‘A rope came snaking out over the river, landing with a splash at my feet.’
      • ‘He then grabbed my flashlight and threw it so it landed right by my purse.’
      • ‘One of the side panels fell off, landing softly on the sandy ground.’
      • ‘And just what did the people at the next table say when a dislodged piece of fish landed among their crockery?’
      • ‘I was vigorously taking down notes when a paper ball landed next to me.’
      • ‘Dara tossed her shoes on the floor and the rest of her belongings landed on the sofa.’
      • ‘Ice falling off the trees outside, landing on the ground with a thud that makes me jump out of my seat.’
      • ‘I felt a drop of water land on the tip of my nose with a plop, mingling with the dirty sweat already on my face.’
      • ‘A stone from the top of the wall broke free, triggering a small landslide of pebbles, and landed with a resounding splash in the stream below.’
      • ‘I watched helplessly as a small splash of milk issued from the jug and landed in the bowl.’
    4. 2.4informal (of something unpleasant or unexpected) arrive suddenly.
      ‘there seemed to be more problems than ever landing on her desk this week’
      • ‘We're assuming you're not going to have perjured yourself, Richard, so we'll expect to hear your resignation landing on a desk soon, shall we?’
      • ‘So, after five months of doing something I really wanted in football and a top job now landing in my lap, it wasn't to be.’
      • ‘Will he have much influence on the bill that lands on his desk?’
      • ‘Do you strictly say no or if the right television product were to land on your desk, would you do sitcoms again?’
      • ‘The report will land on the desk of the Ulster Secretary and the Prime Minister on Wednesday.’
      • ‘After we pointed out the many health-giving qualities of the brown stuff, a press release lands on our desk confirming that it is good for you.’
      • ‘How would you react if the support you need suddenly landed in your lap?’
      • ‘The red ink, the comments, and the occasional C minuses: who can erase the dreaded memories of marked school work landing on the desk?’
      • ‘Being the managing partner means that all the unsolved and ad hoc problems land on my desk.’
      • ‘The Cultural Commission's report will land on the desks of the Scottish arts world on Thursday morning.’
      • ‘The opportunity to do that film landed in my lap.’
      • ‘As the language of personal development lands on their business laps, managers learn the sequence of emotions and reactions associated with change.’
      • ‘The fight of the new millennium between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis has landed in the lap of South African promoter Joe Manyathi.’
      • ‘As application forms for the new fund began landing on desks last week, the reaction from church conservation workers was one of dismay.’
      • ‘Through bursts of laughter he told me that the first extracts of the new biography about Jack have finally been landing on editors' desks.’
      • ‘It's the idea of things rushing up on you suddenly, landing on you like an avalanche, hearing a distant rumble and then suddenly finding yourself surrounded by emotion.’
      • ‘Still, I had hopes that something would change, or the next job would land in my lap as they had done so far.’
      • ‘You know podcasting is a mainstream concept when it lands in the laps of 14-year-olds.’
      • ‘As I'd been scrambling to create one, a fresh opportunity landed in my lap.’
  • 3land someone withinformal with object Cause someone to be in (a difficult or unwelcome situation)

    ‘his exploits always landed him in trouble’
    • ‘This ambivalence toward their own goals in life can land them in difficult situations.’
    • ‘Emily Bell thinks the BBC may even have landed itself in hot water over its handling of the matter.’
    • ‘It is less about the theatre production and more about the actors, their history and how it landed them in this current situation.’
    • ‘She does not think before she opens her mouth and lands him in even more trouble.’
    • ‘That lands you in a really difficult scientific problem.’
    • ‘You do feel sorry for him because from all accounts he is a really decent and caring bloke and not at all a big head, but keeps landing himself in hot water.’
    • ‘A bloody confrontation lands Shaw in jail for over a decade and decimates his family.’
    • ‘But it's difficult to argue when traffic jams are landing us in a pickle every day.’
    • ‘He landed himself in hot water with the club's fans last summer during a pre-season tour when he let his frustration get the better of him and made a gesture towards the crowd.’
    • ‘This eventually leads to a complete breakdown that lands Jimmy in the hospital.’
    • ‘She is not one to huddle up and go into a corner and that has landed her in these difficulties.’
    • ‘Bowen is the latest in a line of old-style comedians to have landed themselves in hot water after using racially provocative language or jokes.’
    • ‘Mr Brookes is well aware that his refusal to pay his income tax demand could land him in very hot water.’
    • ‘She told the court on Tuesday he had no idea why his father had been arrested but knew the goods could land him in more trouble.’
    • ‘He landed himself in hot water during a recent party after jokingly asking a woman for sex.’
    • ‘Hyper-sensitive, he seems continually to be examining himself and putting himself in situations which are apt to land him in trouble.’
    • ‘Federal officials cited the speech as an ‘overt act’ seeking the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, landing him in prison for three years.’
    • ‘An accident lands Maya in a coma in the hospital, and Tamar postpones her trip until her ex wakes up.’
    • ‘A good right-left combination from Lewis lands Tyson in all sorts of trouble.’
    • ‘Their actions land them in one situation after another that manages to be contrived and clichéd at the same time.’
    bring, lead, drive, cause to be in, cause to arrive in
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    1. 3.1land someone with Inflict (an unwelcome task or difficult situation) on someone.
      ‘the mistake landed the company with a massive bill’
      • ‘It is like a savings scheme but it means that the owners of the properties aren't landed with a large bill.’
      • ‘But what has their over-investment landed them with, other than big debts?’
      • ‘Dickinson left the field with a nasty head wound which could land Hagan with a hefty ban if he is found guilty.’
      • ‘Inevitably this has landed Kirkland with the unwanted reputation of being injury prone.’
      • ‘Good Friday became bad Friday for one group of Chessington residents when they were landed with £320 in parking fines.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, Chris discovers her true self during the survival course but lands Charles with a black eye in the process.’
      • ‘He also landed her with a bill for nearly £1, 000 after ringing chat-lines on her mobile phone.’
      • ‘His tip-off to police landed Bailey with a five-year jail sentence when he appeared at York Crown Court.’
      • ‘The Evening Press has learned that his history of impersonation and con tricks has landed him with prison sentences before.’
      • ‘The stunt was one of 10 things Liam said he'd always wanted to do but it landed him with a life ban.’
      • ‘Experts landed us with a police force which is now so warped in its outlook of its responsibilities that it's no longer a force but a service.’
      • ‘A businessman has been left in a stew after a computer glitch landed him with 250,000 tins of lentil soup.’
      • ‘Now my stupidity had landed me with more bruises.’
      • ‘He has had his problems with drinking and, more importantly, getting caught, which landed him an international ban.’
      • ‘Frustration at the loss of a telephone charger landed a man with a £700 bill for damage to a car.’
      • ‘It is an absurdly high level of fines and costs he has been landed with.’
      • ‘Craig was viciously beaten by a violent customer in January, which landed him with a fractured skull, both cheekbones broken and a scar near one eye.’
      • ‘A week in hospital in France will land you with a bill for 2000.’
      • ‘To have won a major title at the age of 17 was a remarkable feat but it landed her with a frightening burden of expectation.’
      • ‘Smith has been landed with ‘extortionate’ water bills - because travellers are taking water from his supply.’
      burden, saddle, encumber, trouble, tax, load
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  • 4informal with object Inflict (a blow) on someone.

    ‘I won the fight without landing a single punch’
    with two objects ‘I landed him one’
    • ‘Jimmy's making the fight but Foster's landing the more effective blows.’
    • ‘He screamed, landing a powerful blow directly into the man's stomach.’
    • ‘She'd landed another few blows when he caught her wrist and twisted.’
    • ‘Down but not out, she gives as good as she gets, and manages to land a few punches before the soldier gets away.’
    • ‘Magee, who entered the contest unbeaten in 22 fights, began confidently, landing the more telling blows.’
    • ‘He threw the next punch at Joey's gut, catching Joey off guard and landing another punch at Joey's face.’
    • ‘He maintained his ascendancy in the third round, landing a hard left hook which opened another cut, this time on Williams' right eye-lid.’
    • ‘Rocky was the aggressor throughout the fight and landed all the punishing blows, but the judges announced Wallace as the winner.’
    • ‘In round 1, Donis landed a hard right hook that was his most significant punch of the round.’
    • ‘They brawled near the ropes and Hopkins landed a sneaky left hook to Oscar's liver.’
    • ‘It is possible that when the fight statistics are scrutinised that Arias, the Brazilian heavyweight champion, will have a tally of punches landed in single figures.’
    • ‘He suddenly realized Red meant them when he landed a solid left hook to his abdomen.’
    • ‘Pursing his lips, he landed a heavy right hook on the boy's jaw before he could dodge, sending his head snapping back forcefully.’
    • ‘Over time, he lost a split-second, just enough to make him less capable of pulling away from blows or landing one of his tremendous counterpunches that come out of nowhere.’
    • ‘He parried all of the soldier's blows and then landed one of his own, on the soldier's armored stomach.’
    • ‘He landed a few successful blows before he was roughly pulled back by two sets of strong arms.’
    • ‘The two fighters from the boxing crazy Eastern Cape began dishing heavy leather from the onset but Marali landed the most telling blows.’
    • ‘Tyson was bleeding from cuts over both his eyes and from his nose when Lewis landed a punch that sent him sprawling on his back in Lewis' corner.’
    • ‘Ali got off his toes for the first time in the fight and landed his most meaningful punches.’
    • ‘Raymond, enraged at being laughed at, charged forward and tried landing the first strike.’
    inflict, deal, deliver, administer, deposit, dispense, give, catch, mete out
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  • how the land lies

    • What the state of affairs is.

      ‘let's keep it to ourselves until we see how the land lies’
      • ‘He's had a hand in one long-standing magazine and one that went under, so he seemed like the perfect person to show me how the land lies in the magazine world.’
      • ‘Let's see how the land lies after Grafton Street opens, OK?’
      • ‘Your response counts, because it tells them, and the BBC how the land lies.’
      • ‘You know what you're doing here, you know how the land lies.’
      • ‘Just to see how the land lies, I approached Dave Linley, who has been given the job of looking after the spare tickets.’
      the facts, the details, the particulars, the picture, how things stand, the lie of the land, how the land lies, the case
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  • in the land of the living

    • humorous Alive or awake.

      • ‘Well, I'm back in the land of the living again with an internet connection!’
      • ‘Two cans of Red Bull and a cigarette later I'm back in the land of the living only to hear Norah Jones' silky croon spewing from my speakers.’
      • ‘There's nothing like an appalling film to put you back in the land of the living.’
      • ‘In that instance, as it is now, it was very comforting to know that I was wrong and he had been slyly enjoying his years in the land of the living.’
      • ‘They cut him down, chucked water over his face to revive him and make sure he was still in the land of the living.’
      • ‘She tilted his face to look at her to check for signs of life, finding thankfully that the lad was indeed still in the land of the living.’
      • ‘Am now back in the land of the living, only to be faced with ten bazillion emails and two letters from the House of Commons (that'll be my MP then).’
      • ‘She and Kevin were in the land of the living, and it was so very good to feel the rumble of life again.’
      • ‘As long as my friend was firmly in the land of the living, I took her existence for granted.’
      • ‘As I write these words, it is unclear whether he is still in the land of the living.’
      living, live, having life, not dead
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  • the land of Nod

    • humorous A state of sleep.

      • ‘Now researchers are finding that the land of Nod may be especially difficult to reach for women.’
      • ‘I fought off the sleep interruption and went back to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘I left, drank my hot chocolate and so to bed with disappointed musings as I drifted off to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘The elements that will transport some viewers into raptures will no doubt merely send others into the land of Nod, but it is well worth surrendering to the film's hypnotic spell.’
      • ‘May dreams of the fearless left-winger escort you to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘I want to stay where it is safe, lost in the sleepy, dreamy land of Nod.’
      sleep, slumber, land of nod
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  • land (or fall) on one's feet

    • Have good luck or success, especially after risk or trial.

      ‘after some ups and downs he has finally landed on his feet’
      • ‘Ranieri has landed on his feet, loved and lauded in two cities.’
      • ‘He said his son was a lucky person who always landed on his feet.’
      • ‘Luckily for Ollie, and Man City, he has loyal supporters, and somehow always manages to land on his feet.’
      • ‘But no, miss high and mighty, you've landed on your feet and you don't need your old dad any more, that's for sure.’
      • ‘Here's hoping that he and Gretchen and everyone at the show land on their feet - the airwaves will be a lot poorer without them.’
      • ‘I really fell on my feet: I replied to a flat-share advert and landed myself a double bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom for a very reasonable sum.’
      • ‘For starters he left me after I'd supported him for six months of him being unemployed, just as I lost my job and he landed on his feet.’
      • ‘She's very talented and she's definitely going to land on her feet.’
      • ‘Within weeks of her arrival she landed on her feet, securing a job with West Midlands as a bus conductor.’
      • ‘But I think, you know, he's got a lot of good years left, and he'll land on his feet.’
  • live off the land

    • Live on whatever food one can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.

      • ‘Richard and Sarah moved to Tuscany planning to grow their own vegetables and live off the land, hoping to harvest olives to make olive oil.’
      • ‘The soldiers learn how to catch food and live off the land.’
      • ‘At one time Native people were more or less self-sufficient, living off the land - trapping, fishing, hunting, logging - or working for the railway company in various departments.’
      • ‘In the century that followed, the Dutch established settlements and devised means to live off the land.’
      • ‘They have been living off the land there ever since, joined by a slow but steady stream of family and friends whose faces now look out from the pictures dotted around the display.’
      • ‘Often relocated to disadvantaged areas, the Ojibwa faced poverty and bare subsistence through living off the land and/or farming.’
      • ‘For countless generations, our people lived off the land.’
      • ‘During the early 1850s he repeatedly crossed over the mountains and disappeared for months at a time, exploring and living off the land.’
      • ‘Some 90 percent of the population live off the land, mostly as subsistence farmers.’
      • ‘Enroute, Gen. Sherman's troops were cut off from other Union forces and lived off the land.’
  • the lay of the land

    • 1The way in which the features or characteristics of an area present themselves.

      1. 1.1The current situation or state of affairs.
        ‘she was beginning to see the lay of the land with her in-laws’

Phrasal Verbs

  • land up

    • Reach a place or situation; end up.

      ‘I landed up in prison’
      • ‘The fight got uglier when her husband and friend reached the spot and they all landed up at the police station.’
      • ‘Somehow the bill always lands up on the rate-payers' doormats!’
      • ‘They lost everything, including several houses, and ended up homeless for a while before landing up in the flat.’
      • ‘So - the expelled gang members became the criminal kings of the countries they landed up in.’
      • ‘Follow these precautions for the first few dates with anyone and you'll never land up in a sticky situation!’
      • ‘The plot is all about the problems faced by an Indian youngster, Indrajeeth, who lands up in New York by accident.’
      • ‘I landed up at San Francisco around noon local time and then was led to the serpentine queue where visitors to the promised land (the modern one) were lined up.’
      • ‘Two months ago I landed up in a counselling centre in East London where I met Ash who was to be my future counsellor.’
      • ‘What if the wind changes, and you land up somewhere that leaves you feeling unprepared?’
      • ‘He writes and strives for reforms in society and at one point, lands up in jail.’
      finish up, arrive, find oneself, end up, turn up, come, go, appear
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Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch land and German Land.




Main definitions of land in US English:

: land1Land2



  • (in Germany or Austria) a state.

    • ‘These hopes were fuelled by reports from the Länder regarding a significant lowering in the number of crimes involving right-wing violence.’
    • ‘We have been in contact with every Land in Germany to ensure continuity of teacher recruitment and to foster exchanges and school links.’
    • ‘In 1991 the new Länder accounted for 20 per cent of reunified Germany's combined labour force but less than 7 per cent of its combined GNP.’
    • ‘Many countries - e.g. the USA and Germany - have federal constitutions with considerable powers exercised by states or Länder.’
    • ‘The German Länder have, as it were, an organic claim to authority, and have represented their local communities for much longer.’
    • ‘This offered the respective Länder governments the possibility of exerting the leading influence, but usually the main opposition party was able to ensure some influence for itself.’
    • ‘Kohl insisted that these extensions would undermine the position of the German Länder.’
    • ‘A second school highlights the distinctive role of regional governments in federal systems, however designated - states, provinces, republics, cantons, Länder.’
    • ‘Since then, the country has consisted of 16 Länder or states, each of which has wide powers over its domestic affairs.’
    • ‘The 16 Länder (federal states) aim to check whether individual schools have fulfilled their tasks as set down in the education standards.’
    • ‘This has happened in the post-communist Länder (federal states) of eastern Germany.’


German, literally ‘land’.