- a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single viewpoint.
- a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
- Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.
- Obsolete. a panoramic view of scenery; vista.
- 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.
- to improve the landscape of.
- to do landscape gardening as a profession.
- 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
Synonyms for landscape
- an extensive area of land regarded as being visually distinctugly slagheaps dominated the landscape
- a painting, drawing, photograph, etc, depicting natural scenery
- the genre including such pictures
- (as modifier)landscape painter
- the distinctive features of a given area of intellectual activity, regarded as an integrated wholethe landscape of the European imagination
- (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater width than heightCompare portrait (def. 3)
- (of a page) carrying an illustration or table printed at right angles to the normal text
- (tr) to improve the natural features of (a garden, park, etc), as by creating contoured features and planting trees
- (intr) to work as a landscape gardener
Word Origin for landscape
c.1600, "painting representing natural scenery," from Dutch landschap, from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship). Originally introduced as a painters' term. Old English had cognate landscipe, and cf. Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr. Meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is from 1886.
"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.