- a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.
- a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
- Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.
- Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.
- to improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.
- to improve the landscape of.
- to do landscape gardening as a profession.
- Digital Technology. relating to or producing horizontal, sideways orientation of computer or other digital output, with lines of data parallel to the two longer sides of a page or screen.Compare portrait(def 3).
Origin of landscape
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Examples from the Web for landscape
We have reached a tipping point where mega donors completely dominate the landscape.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
No schools, churches or hospitals have been rebuilt yet, though temporary structures are now permanent fixtures on the landscape.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
And these initiatives represent an effort to fundamentally rethink our landscape.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
Ultimately international cooperation and collaboration took root, and the landscape is already very different.Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon
Matthew R. Francis
October 26, 2014
Like Broadway, the landscape of reality TV has been changing drastically and rapidly in recent years.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
These landscape fellows buy their stuff direct, and the middleman's out.
After two hours' climb, the features of the landscape change.The Roof of France
The Sunday landscape was very still, save for the hum of busy insect life.
"I was not observing the landscape," the other explains, carefully.Quaint Courtships
How did the landscape appeal to you when you left the campfire?Her Father's Daughter
- an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinctugly slagheaps dominated the landscape
- a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery
- the genre including such pictures
- (as modifier)landscape painter
- the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated wholethe landscape of the European imagination
- (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than heightCompare portrait (def. 3)
- (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text
- (tr) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees
- (intr) to work as a landscape gardener
Word Origin and History for landscape
c.1600, "painting representing natural scenery," from Dutch landschap, from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship). Originally introduced as a painters' term. Old English had cognate landscipe, and cf. Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr. Meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is from 1886.
"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.