Meaning of LAND in English


I. ˈland, -aa(ə)nd; when a consonant follows without pause the d is sometimes lost, as in -nz for “lands” and -nˌslīd for “landslide” noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English land, lond, from Old English land, lond; akin to Old High German lant land, Old Norse & Gothic land, Old Irish land open space, area, Old Prussian lindan (accusative) valley, Old Russian lyadina weed, underbrush

1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth in contrast to the water of oceans and seas

sailing out of sight of land

a narrow isthmus connecting two great land masses

land animals

land birds

travel by land

or to the air

air bombing prepared for the advance of land forces

attacked by land , sea, and air


a. : a portion (as a country, estate, farm, or tract) of the earth's solid surface considered by itself or as belonging to an individual or a people

out of the land of Egypt

people of faraway lands

b. : the people of a country

the land rose in rebellion

c. : realm , domain

no longer in the land of the living

a land of dreams

d. : the country as distinguished from the town ; especially : farming country

the independent farmer and his family are leaving the land — Eric Sevareid

the only one of his family to take to the land


a. : ground or soil in respect to its situation, nature, or quality

wet land

good land

mountain land

stubble land

b. obsolete : floor , ground

c. : the natural environment and its attributes within which production takes place : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources


a. : ground owned privately or publicly : landed property

a house with ten acres of land

to divide lands among heirs

b. law : any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever regarded as the subject of ownership (as meadows, pastures, woods) and everything annexed to it whether by nature (as trees, water) or by man (as buildings, fences) extending indefinitely vertically upwards and downwards

c. : an interest or estate in land ; broadly : tenement , hereditament — compare real estate

d. Scotland : a building having a common entry but several flats or tenements each containing one household


a. : ground left unplowed between furrows

b. : any of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing

c. : the unplowed portion of a field being plowed

d. : a strip of land marked off by furrows ; also : the length of such a strip used as a measure of surface or length

e. Africa : the portions of a farm suitable for cultivation : field , patch

mealie land

6. : an area of a surface partly machined (as with holes, indentations, furrows, or grooves) that is left without such machining: as

a. : the level part of a millstone between two furrows

b. : the surface of the bore of a rifle between consecutive grooves

c. : the metal between the flutes of a twist drill

d. : the uncut surface between two adjacent grooves of a phonograph record

7. : the lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat or of plates in a steel ship — called also landing

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to set or put on shore from a ship or other watercraft after a voyage or water trip : disembark , debark

I'll undertake to land them on our coast — Shakespeare


a. : to set down after conveying

the cab landed him at the station

b. : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place, position, or condition

his recklessness landed him in trouble

unable to land a solid punch in the early rounds

landed the quoit near the stake

c. : to bring (an airplane) to a landing


a. : to catch and bring to shore or into a boat

land a fish

b. : to win, gain, capture, or secure usually as the result of artful effort or competition

land a job

salesman landed the order

a treaty landed after long parleys

land a racing prize

land a husband

c. Britain : to put in difficulties : embarrass

committee found itself landed with a witness whose tactics baffled and embarrassed it — New Statesman & Nation

intransitive verb


a. : to go ashore from a ship or boat : disembark

b. of a ship or boat : to touch at a place on shore : come to shore


a. : to come to the end of a course or to a stage in a journey : come to rest : arrive

late that night we landed at a motel

— often used with up

more likely land up in the desert — Greville Texidor

b. : to strike or meet the ground (as after a fall, leap, flight)

landed in a heap at the bottom of the stairs

the ball must land inside the lines of the service court

fell off the porch and landed on his head

c. of an airplane : to alight on the ground, the water, or other surface

- land on

III. interjection

or lands -dz

Etymology: euphemism from Lord, Lord's

— used to express surprise or wonder

land sakes, why did you do that

land knows where he went

IV. ˈlänt noun

( plural län·der or laen·der ˈlendə(r))

Etymology: German, land, country, province, from Old High German lant land — more at land I

: a unit of local government in Germany corresponding to a state

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