[land-fawl] /ˈlændˌfɔl/

an approach to or sighting of :
The ship will make its landfall at noon tomorrow.
the sighted or reached.
a landslide.
the act of sighting or nearing land, esp from the sea
the land sighted or neared

“sighting of land,” 1620s, also “the first land ‘made’ on a sea voyage;” from land (v.1) + fall (v.) in the sense of “happen.” From the days of imprecise nautical navigation.

Land-fall. The first land discovered after a sea voyage. Thus a good land fall implies the land expected or desired; a bad landfall the reverse. [John Hamilton Moore, “The New Practical Navigator,” London, 1814]

Of hurricanes, by 1932.


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