- 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.
- landing beacon,
- landing beam,
- landing card,
- landing clerk,
- landing craft
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
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|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We got to the landing and ran through the open door bin Laden entered.
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|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Whereupon she made a few quick revolutions, landing up against the granite base of the obelisk.The Poor Little Rich Girl|Eleanor Gates
He rushed to the window; it was too high to jump from, and already George was on the landing.Love and the Ironmonger|F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
I think she must spend her life on the landing, listening for arrivals and departures.'Phantom Fortune, A Novel|M. E. Braddon
But for the accident to the motor they would not have dreamed of making a landing short of the aviation field at Bar-le-Duc.Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines|Charles Amory Beach
And now more people were coming up the stairs, a drawling, familiar voice—Alma Drew on the landing below.The Tin Soldier|Temple Bailey
- 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