[ land ]
/ lænd /
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: arable land.
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.
- any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature or by the human hand.
- any legal interest held in land.
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.
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Idioms for land
Origin of land
First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic land; akin to Irish lann “open space,” Welsh llan “church” (originally “enclosure”), Breton lann “heath.” See lawn1
OTHER WORDS FROM landlandlike, adjectivere·land, verbun·der·land, noun
Definition for land (2 of 3)
[ land ]
/ lænd /
Edwin Herbert, 1909–91, U.S. inventor and businessman: created the Polaroid camera.
Definition for land (3 of 3)
a combining form of land: hinterland; lowland.
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British Dictionary definitions for land (1 of 3)
/ (lænd) /
the solid part of the surface of the earth as distinct from seas, lakes, etcRelated adjective: terrestrial
- ground, esp with reference to its use, quality, etc
- (in combination)land-grabber
rural or agricultural areas as contrasted with urban ones
farming as an occupation or way of life
- any tract of ground capable of being owned as property, together with any buildings on it, extending above and below the surface
- any hereditament, tenement, or other interest; realty
- a country, region, or area
- the people of a country, etc
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 shoreland the cargo
(intr) 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
(tr) angling to retrieve (a hooked fish) from the water
(tr) informal to win or obtainto land a job
(tr) informal to deliver (a blow)
Derived forms of landlandless, adjectivelandlessness, noun
Word Origin for land
Old English; compare Old Norse, Gothic land, Old High German lant
British Dictionary definitions for land (2 of 3)
/ (lænd) /
Edwin Herbert. 1909–91, US inventor of the Polaroid Land camera
British Dictionary definitions for land (3 of 3)
/ German (lant) /
noun plural Länder (ˈlɛndər)
- any of the federal states of Germany
- any of the provinces of Austria
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Idioms and Phrases with land
In addition to the idioms beginning with land
- land in
- land on
- land up
- cloud-cuckoo land
- fall (land) on one's feet
- fat of the land
- la-la land
- lay of the land
- never-never land
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