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soft-land

[sawf-land, soft-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to land slowly and without jarring impact: to soft-land the module on the planet's surface.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to land slowly and without jarring impact: The craft will soft-land on the moon.
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Origin of soft-land

First recorded in 1955–60
Related formssoft-land·er, noun
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