[ land-skeyp ]
See synonyms for: landscapelandscapedlandscapeslandscaping on

  1. a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.

  2. a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.

  1. Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.

  2. Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.

verb (used with object),land·scaped, land·scap·ing.
  1. to improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.

  2. to improve the landscape of.

verb (used without object),land·scaped, land·scap·ing.
  1. to do landscape gardening as a profession.

  1. Digital Technology. relating to or producing horizontal, sideways orientation of computer or other digital output, with lines of data parallel to the two longer sides of a page or screen.: Compare portrait (def. 3).

Origin of landscape

First recorded in 1590–1600; 1925–30 for def. 5; from Dutch landschap; cognate with Old English landsceap, landscipe; akin to German Landschaft; equivalent to land + -ship

Other words for landscape

Other words from landscape

  • re·land·scape, verb, re·land·scaped, re·land·scap·ing.

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How to use landscape in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for landscape


/ (ˈlændˌskeɪp) /

  1. an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinct: ugly slagheaps dominated the landscape

  2. a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery

    • the genre including such pictures

    • (as modifier): landscape painter

  1. the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated whole: the landscape of the European imagination

  1. printing

    • (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than height: Compare portrait (def. 3)

    • (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text

  1. (tr) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees

  2. (intr) to work as a landscape gardener

Origin of landscape

C16 landskip (originally a term in painting), from Middle Dutch lantscap region; related to Old English landscipe tract of land, Old High German lantscaf region

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