Definition of landfall in US English:



  • 1An arrival at land on a sea or air journey.

    • ‘It is a scene that has changed little from when Christopher Columbus made landfall here for supplies and water on his legendary voyage to discover the Americas.’
    • ‘The fleet did make a landfall; did put men and horses ashore; did engage the Japanese; but, astonishingly and in defiance of all precedent, were forced by the furious samurai into retreat.’
    • ‘The walkers journeyed along the Meridian Line from its first landfall on the North Sea coast at Tunstall to the banks of the Humber at Sunk Island.’
    • ‘Morison researched Columbus's second voyage, which had made landfall at Dominica and then gone north.’
    • ‘The sudden appearance of Europeans after the first landfall of Christopher Columbus in 1492 had a cataclysmic effect upon them.’
    • ‘Whakatane is the chief service town for the eastern Bay of Plenty and was the landfall for the first Maori arrivals.’
    • ‘After donning kilos of thermal underwear, Goretex and gumboots, all topped off by mandatory red life-jackets, we pile into the Zodiacs for our first landfall.’
    • ‘Sherkin was a pirate kingdom for a brief period of prosperity, providing beaches for careening ships, a safe landfall and opportunity for carousing.’
    • ‘By the middle of the 19th century this hat reached universal acceptance, and the crown of the hat became considerably higher, with sailors decorating the crown with badges obtained from various landfalls.’
    • ‘Because the island was the final landfall before passage to America, ships would load up on Madeira's wines, both as a product to sell and to use as ballast.’
    • ‘Coming from the Caribbean, we made our landfall at Cayo Largo.’
    • ‘Brazil is said to be interested in using the port of Walvis Bay as a landfall for exporting products to fellow Portuguese speaking country Angola.’
    • ‘Here they could oversee the water below, look back on the green land which was Shalisa, and far out across Sea to their right where a hazy grey line indicated the first landfall David would make on his return journey home.’
    • ‘Then, a week from the finish, contrary winds forced her to again change landfalls, this time to Guadeloupe.’
    • ‘This was the first landfall for vessels sailing the ‘great circle course’ from South Africa's Cape of Good Hope to the eastern Australian colonies.’
    • ‘In calm seas and glorious weather, the ship made landfall off the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken, and secured to the Admiralty buoy in Cumberland Bay.’
    • ‘Said to be the original landfall of Christopher Columbus, it is graced with elegant Bermudian and colonial-style buildings.’
    • ‘In 1492, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the Western Hemisphere in The Bahamas.’
    • ‘During their rare landfalls sailors would gather any edible green plants, of which several species became known as ‘scurvy grass’.’
    • ‘On landfall she was hoisted from the boat, and the journey continued as before, on foot.’
  • 2A collapse of a mass of land, especially one that blocks a route.