verb (used with object)

to land (an aircraft), under circumstances in which a normal landing is impossible, in such a way that damage to the aircraft is unavoidable.

verb (used without object)

to crash-land an aircraft.

Origin of crash-land

First recorded in 1940–45; crash1 + land
Related formscrash-land·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crash-land



to land (an aircraft) in an emergency causing damage or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
Derived Formscrash-landing, noun
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