Definition of landlocked in US English:



  • 1(especially of a country) almost or entirely surrounded by land; having no coastline or seaport.

    ‘a midget state landlocked in the mountains’
    • ‘Uzbekistan is, apart from Liechtenstein, the only double landlocked country in the world (i.e. a country surrounded by landlocked countries).’
    • ‘Zambia's economic survival as a landlocked country depends on the transport system for the movement of its exports and imports.’
    • ‘The lack of natural resources and the geographical situation as a landlocked country with a small domestic market, even in the early ages of industrialization, forced the country to look for markets abroad for its goods and services.’
    • ‘The key to the huge potential profits in Central Asia was distribution - how to transport the oil and gas from this isolated, backward and landlocked region to the world's main energy markets.’
    • ‘The Corridor is a Southern African Development Community initiative that aims at linking the landlocked countries in the region to the main Namibian sea port of Walvisbay.’
    • ‘A mountainous landlocked country located in south-central Europe, Austria encompasses an area of 32,377 square miles, roughly the size of the state of Maine.’
    • ‘The problem, put simply, is geography: the landlocked country is dominated by the rugged Hindu Kush mountains that sweep from the west to the east.’
    • ‘The Republic of Burundi is a landlocked country located in the Great Lakes region in Africa.’
    • ‘It had been noted by agriculture experts that Zambia being a landlocked country has high cost of importation that makes landed price of fertiliser abnormally high.’
    • ‘Certainly in the case of Zambia, a landlocked country with poor transportation and low agricultural productivity, the prospects for exporting corn to Europe in the foreseeable future are almost zero.’
    • ‘Bolivia, the only landlocked country in the Western Hemisphere, is home to almost eight million people.’
    • ‘Part of that is due to the fact that Umbria is the only landlocked region on the Italian peninsula.’
    • ‘Our politicians should be thankful that Australia is not a landlocked country, where neighbouring conflict would have the potential to drive hundreds of thousands of refugees across borders.’
    • ‘Because Afghanistan is a landlocked nation with mountainous terrain and a deteriorated road network, it was apparent that time-sensitive support bad to be transported by air.’
    • ‘Zambia is a landlocked country with a total of 752,614 square kilometres surrounded by eight different neighbouring states.’
    • ‘Bhutan is a small, landlocked country in the mountainous area north of India.’
    • ‘The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country between Romania and Ukraine that covers 13,199 square miles (33,845 square kilometers).’
    • ‘Relatively inaccessible, the mountainous country is landlocked, and is surrounded by countries whose interests, at times, have conflicted with those of Afghanistan.’
    • ‘As a landlocked country with primarily a desert terrain, it has until recently depended on rain as its main water source.’
    • ‘An estimated 100,000 militiamen are operating around the landlocked country under the command of regional warlords.’
    1. 1.1 (of a lake) enclosed by land and having no navigable route to the sea.
      • ‘As far back as 1671, the almost landlocked harbour was recognised as a hurricane haven for ships, which could lie protected in the basin formed within an old volcanic cone, with one narrow passage to the sea.’
      • ‘Legend tells of a beautiful girl who lived in a village on the Wild Coast near a great landlocked lagoon.’
      • ‘The landlocked lagoon at the foot of the dunes at Sandwich Harbour was once the only reliable source of fresh water on the coast between Angola to the north and the Orange River in the south.’
      • ‘Scientists are providing coral pieces containing starter plants to farmers on Molokai, who hope to grow it in landlocked ponds.’
      • ‘That famous landlocked harbour is surrounded by rock so soft that streams don't cut V-shaped grooves but Y-shaped chasms that suck in unwary ramblers and climbers, this not two hours from the city.’
      • ‘The migratory instinct is so strong that some adults will writhe overland for up to 24 hours between landlocked ponds and sea-bound rivers to reach the ocean.’
      • ‘The Salton Sea, a landlocked mass of salt water in the southern Californian desert, was created in 1905 when torrential rainfalls swelled the banks of the Colorado River until it flooded the Imperial Valley.’
      • ‘Portuguese navigators were about to shatter Ptolemy's world picture, with its portrayal of a landlocked Indian Ocean, and their king wanted the world to know.’
      • ‘There is also a population of the sharks in Lake Nicaragua, which because of its great distance from the ocean was once thought to be landlocked.’
      • ‘We say that landlocked lakes, for example, completely landlocked lakes, would not qualify.’
      • ‘This is a landlocked salt-water lake that was cut off when the surrounding reef rose up in prehistoric times.’
      • ‘We got a glimpse of another lake on the right, Lake Gertrude, which unlike Lake Dora, is landlocked.’
      • ‘There are sixty-one natural harbours, several landlocked straits, and hundreds of rivers, bays, and lakes.’
      • ‘The sophisticated capital, Argostoli, set on a deep landlocked inlet, is a busy place where Andrew and Julia can do some shopping and choose from a variety of restaurants.’
      • ‘If by that reference they mean totally and literally landlocked water, then we take issue with that.’
    2. 1.2 (of a fish, especially a North American salmon) cut off from the sea in the past and now confined to fresh water.
      • ‘The building of dams along the rivers has impacted the populations of white sturgeons by creating landlocked populations and destroying spawning grounds.’
      • ‘Sea-run Atlantic salmon usually attain a larger size than do landlocked (those living in entirely fresh water) salmon.’
      • ‘Kokanee salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka kennerlyi) are a landlocked subspecies of sockeye salmon (O. nerka nerka).’
      • ‘Another landlocked salmon is the E. American sebago salmon, found in Sebago and other lakes and their associated rivers.’
      • ‘It has been introduced into upland areas (including the upper Great Lakes) where some populations are landlocked.’
      • ‘Thus, consistently more alleles were found within the anadromous than within the landlocked populations from Maine.’
      • ‘Some populations of Menidia beryllina are estuarine, while others are landlocked in fresh water.’
      • ‘There indeed was an endangered salmon in Taiwan - Oncorhynchus masou formosanus - the Taiwanese landlocked masu salmon.’
      • ‘He also broke the landlocked salmon story in 1995, tracing the cause of their near-extinction to the planting of apple trees and over-intensive farming.’
      • ‘This shift in diet for larger perch was also observed in landlocked populations.’
      • ‘Twenty of these lakes contained rainbow smelt, while 10 lakes had both landlocked salmon and rainbow smelt.’
      • ‘Though some striped bass can spawn in fresh water and make their homes in salt water, there are many ‘stripers’ which remain landlocked.’
      • ‘The maximum size of the landlocked variety appears to be about 762 mm although most individuals are somewhat smaller.’