[lan-ding] /ˈlæn dɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that lands:
The pilot brought his plane in for a landing.
a place where persons or goods are landed, as from a ship:
The boat moored at the landing.
any part of the earth’s surface not covered by a body of water; the part of the earth’s surface occupied by continents and islands:
Land was sighted from the crow’s nest.
an area of ground with reference to its nature or composition:
an area of ground with specific boundaries:
to buy land on which to build a house.
rural or farming areas, as contrasted with urban areas:
They left the land for the city.
Economics. natural resources as a factor of production.
a part of the surface of the earth marked off by natural or political boundaries or the like; a region or country:
They came from many lands.
the people of a region or country.
Audio. the flat surface between the grooves of a phonograph record.
a realm or domain:
the land of the living.
a surface between furrows, as on a millstone or on the interior of a rifle barrel.
Scot. a tenement house.
verb (used with object)
to bring to or set on land:
to land passengers or goods from a ship; to land an airplane.
to bring into or cause to arrive in a particular place, position, or condition:
His behavior will land him in jail.
Informal. to catch or capture; gain; win:
to land a job.
Angling. to bring (a fish) to land, or into a boat, etc., as with a hook or a net.
verb (used without object)
to come to land or shore:
The boat lands at Cherbourg.
to go or come ashore from a ship or boat.
to alight upon a surface, as the ground, a body of water, or the like:
to land on both feet.
to hit or strike the ground, as from a height:
The ball landed at the far side of the court.
to strike and come to rest on a surface or in something:
The golf ball landed in the lake.
to come to rest or arrive in a particular place, position, or condition (sometimes followed by up):
to land in trouble; to land up 40 miles from home.
land on, Informal. to reprimand; criticize:
His mother landed on him for coming home so late.
land / fall on one’s feet. (def 3).
see how the land lies, to investigate in advance; inform oneself of the facts of a situation before acting:
You should see how the land lies before making a formal proposal.
a place of disembarkation
the floor area at the top of a flight of stairs or between two flights of stairs
the solid part of the surface of the earth as distinct from seas, lakes, etc related adjective terrestrial
rural or agricultural areas as contrasted with urban ones
farming as an occupation or way of life
a realm, sphere, or domain
(economics) the factor of production consisting of all natural resources
the unindented part of a grooved surface, esp one of the ridges inside a rifle bore
how the land lies, the prevailing conditions or state of affairs
to transfer (something) or go from a ship or boat to the shore: land the cargo
(intransitive) to come to or touch shore
to come down or bring (something) down to earth after a flight or jump
to come or bring to some point, condition, or state
(transitive) (angling) to retrieve (a hooked fish) from the water
(transitive) (informal) to win or obtain: to land a job
(transitive) (informal) to deliver (a blow)
Edwin Herbert. 1909–91, US inventor of the Polaroid Land camera
noun (pl) Länder (ˈlɛndər)
c.1600, place for boats; of stairs, first attested 1789; from present participle of land (v.1).
Old English land, lond, “ground, soil,” also “definite portion of the earth’s surface, home region of a person or a people, territory marked by political boundaries,” from Proto-Germanic *landom (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian Dutch, German, Gothic land), from PIE *lendh- “land, heath” (cf. Old Irish land, Middle Welsh llan “an open space,” Welsh llan “enclosure, church,” Breton lann “heath,” source of French lande; Old Church Slavonic ledina “waste land, heath,” Czech lada “fallow land”).
Etymological evidence and Gothic use indicates the original sense was “a definite portion of the earth’s surface owned by an individual or home of a nation.” Meaning early extended to “solid surface of the earth,” which had been the sense of the root of Modern English earth. Original sense of land in English is now mostly found under country. To take the lay of the land is a nautical expression. In the American English exclamation land’s sakes (1846) land is a euphemism for Lord.
“to bring to land,” early 13c., from land (n.). Originally of ships; of fish, in the angling sense, from 1610s; hence figurative sense of “to obtain” (a job, etc.), first recorded 1854. Of aircraft, attested from 1916. Related: Landed; landing.
“to make contact, to hit home” (of a blow, etc.), by 1881, perhaps altered from lend in a playful sense, or else an extension of land (v.1).
- Landing beacon
noun 1. a radio transmitter that emits a landing beam
- Landing beam
noun 1. a radio beam transmitted from a landing field to enable aircraft to make an instrument landing
noun 1. an identification card issued to a traveler for presentation to the immigration authorities. 2. a card issued to a sailor in a foreign port granting permission to go ashore.
noun 1. a representative of a shipping line who boards its incoming passenger ships to give passengers information and advice.