land meaning

[ lænd ] Pronunciation:   "land" in a sentence
Noun: land  land
  1. The land on which real estate is located
    "he built the house on land leased from the city" 
  2. Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
    "the land had never been ploughed"
Verb: land  land
  1. Reach or come to rest
    "The bird landed on the highest branch"; "The plane landed in Istanbul"
    - set down 
  2. Cause to come to the ground
    "the pilot managed to land the aeroplane safely"
    - put down, bring down 
  3. Bring into a different state
    "this may land you in jail"
    - bring 
  4. Bring ashore
    "The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island" 
  5. Deliver (a blow)
    "He landed several blows on his opponent's head" 
  6. Arrive on shore
    "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor"
    - set ashore, shore 
  7. Shoot at and force to come down
    "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"
    - down, shoot down
Noun: Land  land
  1. United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
    - Din Land, Edwin Herbert Land

Derived forms: landing, landed, lands

See also: lander, landing

Type of: administrative district, administrative division, alter, area, arena, arrive, artificer, bring, business, change, come, convey, deliver, discoverer, domain, drive home, field, get, immovable, industrialist, inventor, job, line, line of work, modify, object, occupation, orbit, people, physical object, political entity, political unit, real estate, real property, realty, region, sphere, take, territorial division

Part of: Earth, globe, world

Encyclopedia: Land Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry Land, Norway


Part of the surface of the earth not permanently covered by water.


Any immoveable improvements or fixtures attached thereto.

noun, verb



1 [U]

the surface of the earth that is not sea:

The goods will be transported by land.

2 [U] (also lands [pl.])

an area of ground, especially of a particular type or used for a particular purpose:

fertile agricultural land

a shortage of building land

a piece/plot of land

They are clearing 40 acres of land for a new industrial park.

Lands used for sugar cane are being converted for other crops.

Every city places restrictions on land use.

The amount of land under (= planted with) cotton fell by 8 per cent last year.

3 [U] (often lands) [pl.] (formal)

the area of ground that sb owns, especially when you think of it as property that can be bought or sold:

The price of land is rising rapidly.

public/private lands

4 the land [U]

used to refer to the countryside and the way people live and grow food there:

Many people leave the land to find work in towns and cities.


1 [no obj]

to arrive somewhere in a plane or a boat:

We will shortly be landing at Narita International Airport.

The ferry is due to land at 15.00.


2 (Trade ) [+ obj or no obj]

to put sth/sb on land from an aircraft, a boat, etc:

It cost over $25 000 just to land the goods

(= pay for their transport, taxes, etc.).

The goods landed at a much higher price than expected.

3 [+ obj]

to succeed in getting a job, piece of work, etc., especially one that is seen as very valuable:

She landed a top job at Microsoft.

The company has landed a €350 million contract to construct the rail line.

4 [no obj] (used with an adverb or a preposition)

(about a piece of work, document, etc.) to arrive somewhere and cause difficulties that have to be dealt with:

Why do complaints always land on my desk?

Over a hundred emails landed in my inbox last week.

The report landed on the desks of senior officials on Monday.

Natural resources as factors of production of production. These are used in economic activity in a variety of ways: for growing crops and keeping animals; for extracting minerals; and to provide sites for buildings, transport and leisure facilities. Land as provided by nature can be changed by human activities: agricultural land can be improved by fertilizers and drainage, or ruined by erosion.

See also:

marginal land

1. The flat, reflective surface between pits on a compact disc (CD). Compare PIT,
1. 2. The thin vinyl wall between grooves on a phonograph record.
3. A bonding point in a microcircuit.
4. Pertaining to earthbound communications stations.


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  1. he knew he was alone in a strange land.
  2. the lane is the boundary of our land.
  3. the blizzard blotted out the sky and the land ..
  4. the story soon spread through all the land.
  5. half of his land is covered with timber.

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