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[ land-fawrm ]
/ ˈlændˌfɔrm /

noun Geology.

a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills, valleys, and alluvial fans.

Nearby words

landes, landeshauptmann, landfall, landfast, landfill, landform, landgrab, landgrave, landgraviate, landgravine, landholder

Origin of landform

First recorded in 1890–95; land + form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for landform


/ (ˈlændˌfɔːm) /


geology any natural feature of the earth's surface, such as valleys and mountains
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Science definitions for landform


[ lăndfôrm′ ]

A recognizable, naturally formed feature on the Earth's surface. Landforms have a characteristic shape and can include such large features as plains, plateaus, mountains, and valleys, as well as smaller features such as hills, eskers, and canyons.
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