[ bel-ee-land ]
/ ˈbɛl iˌlænd /

verb (used with object)

(of an aviator) to land (an aircraft) directly on the fuselage, as because of defective landing gear.

verb (used without object)

(of an aircraft) to land directly on the fuselage, without using the landing gear.

Origin of belly-land

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for belly landing

belly landing


the landing of an aircraft on its fuselage without use of its landing gear
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