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noun Geology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of landform

First recorded in 1890–95; land + form
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Historical Examples

  • This sequence created the many interior basins that are typically a part of the landforms.

    Area Handbook for Albania

    Eugene K. Keefe

  • He identified heat as the causative factor of change in the earth's landforms.

British Dictionary definitions for landforms


  1. geology any natural feature of the earth's surface, such as valleys and mountains
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Word Origin and History for landforms



1893; see land (n.) + form (n.). Perhaps immediately from German Landform.

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landforms in Science


  1. 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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