- a platform between flights of stairs.
- the floor at the head or foot of a flight of stairs.
- the overlap of two plates or planks, as in a clinker-built shell.
- the distance between the center of a rivet hole and the edge of the plate or shape into which it is cut.
Origin of landing
- any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature or by the human hand.
- any legal interest held in land.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of land
Examples from the Web for landing
Contemporary Examples of landing
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
We got to the landing and ran through the open door bin Laden entered.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
German artillery chased the landing craft where they milled off shore.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Landing on any other world is hard, but Comet 67P is especially challenging, even apart from the low gravity.
Earthlings, we can celebrate the accomplishment of landing a probe on a new world.
Historical Examples of landing
When he had reached the first landing, Lizzie called after him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Fronting the landing place are five trees, among which, he said, the money was hid.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Such was the penalty for landing two buckets of Liverpool salt at Liverpool!
We had little or no order in landing, each boat pulling as hard as she could.
They were found to be too strong; and the men, after landing, returned to the vessels.
- the act of coming to land, esp after a flight or sea voyage
- (as modifier)landing place
- ground, esp with reference to its use, quality, etc
- (in combination)land-grabber
- any tract of ground capable of being owned as property, together with any buildings on it, extending above and below the surface
- any hereditament, tenement, or other interest; realty
- a country, region, or area
- the people of a country, etc
Word Origin for land
noun plural Länder (ˈlɛndər)
- any of the federal states of Germany
- any of the provinces of Austria
c.1600, place for boats; of stairs, first attested 1789; from present participle of land (v.1).
Old English land, lond, "ground, soil," also "definite portion of the earth's surface, home region of a person or a people, territory marked by political boundaries," from Proto-Germanic *landom (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian Dutch, German, Gothic land), from PIE *lendh- "land, heath" (cf. Old Irish land, Middle Welsh llan "an open space," Welsh llan "enclosure, church," Breton lann "heath," source of French lande; Old Church Slavonic ledina "waste land, heath," Czech lada "fallow land").
Etymological evidence and Gothic use indicates the original sense was "a definite portion of the earth's surface owned by an individual or home of a nation." Meaning early extended to "solid surface of the earth," which had been the sense of the root of Modern English earth. Original sense of land in English is now mostly found under country. To take the lay of the land is a nautical expression. In the American English exclamation land's sakes (1846) land is a euphemism for Lord.
"to bring to land," early 13c., from land (n.). Originally of ships; of fish, in the angling sense, from 1610s; hence figurative sense of "to obtain" (a job, etc.), first recorded 1854. Of aircraft, attested from 1916. Related: Landed; landing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with land
- land in
- land on
- land up
- cloud-cuckoo land
- fall (land) on one's feet
- fat of the land
- la-la land
- lay of the land
- never-never land