[ lan-ding ]
/ ˈlæn dɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that lands: The pilot brought his plane in for a landing.
a place where persons or goods are landed, as from a ship: The boat moored at the landing.
  1. a platform between flights of stairs.
  2. the floor at the head or foot of a flight of stairs.
  1. the overlap of two plates or planks, as in a clinker-built shell.
  2. the distance between the center of a rivet hole and the edge of the plate or shape into which it is cut.

Nearby words

  1. landgrab,
  2. landgrave,
  3. landgraviate,
  4. landgravine,
  5. landholder,
  6. landing beacon,
  7. landing beam,
  8. landing card,
  9. landing clerk,
  10. landing craft

Origin of landing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at land, -ing1

Related formspost·land·ing, adjective

Origin of land

before 900; Middle English (noun and v.), Old English (noun); cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic land; akin to Irish lann, Welsh llan church (orig. enclosure), Breton lann heath. See lawn1

Related formsland·like, adjectivere·land, verbun·der·land, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for landing


/ (ˈlændɪŋ) /


  1. the act of coming to land, esp after a flight or sea voyage
  2. (as modifier)landing place
a place of disembarkation
the floor area at the top of a flight of stairs or between two flights of stairs


/ (lænd) /



Derived Formslandless, adjectivelandlessness, noun

Word Origin for land

Old English; compare Old Norse, Gothic land, Old High German lant


/ (lænd) /


Edwin Herbert. 1909–91, US inventor of the Polaroid Land camera


/ German (lant) /

noun plural Länder (ˈlɛndər)

  1. any of the federal states of Germany
  2. any of the provinces of Austria
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Word Origin and History for landing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with landing


In addition to the idioms beginning with land

  • land in
  • land on
  • land up

also see:

  • 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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