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Meaning of land by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English land, lond, from Old English land, lond ( “earth, land, soil, ground; defined piece of land, territory, realm, province, district; landed property; country ( not town ); ridge in a ploughed field” ), from Proto-Germanic *landan ( “land” ), from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ- ( “land, heath” ). Cognate with Scots land ( “land” ), West Frisian lân ( “land” ), Dutch land ( “land” ), German Land ( “land, country, state” ), Swedish land ( “land, country, shore, territory” ), Icelandic land ( “land” ). Non-Germanic cognates include Old Irish lann ( “heath” ), Welsh llan ( “enclosure” ), Breton lann ( “heath” ), Old Church Slavonic lędо from Proto-Slavic *lendо ( “heath, wasteland” ) and Albanian lëndinë ( “heath, grassland” ) .


    • enPR: lănd, IPA: /lænd/, X-SAMPA: /l{nd/
    • Rhymes: -ænd


    land ( plural: lands )

    1. The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water .
      Most insects live on land .
    2. real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and on which buildings can be erected .
      There are 50 acres of land in this estate .
    3. A country or region .
      They come from a faraway land .
    4. A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland .
    5. Ground that is suitable for farming .
      Plant the potatoes in the land .
    6. ( Ireland / colloquial ) a fright .
      He got an awful land when the police arrived .
    7. ( electronics ) A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connecting wires .
    8. In a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pits .
    9. The space between the rifling grooves in a gun .


    land ( third-person singular simple present lands present participle landing, simple past and past participle landed )

    1. ( intransitive ) To descend to a surface, especially from the air .
      The plane is about to land .
    2. ( dated ) To alight, to descend from a vehicle.
    3. ( intransitive ) To come into rest .
    4. ( intransitive ) To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water .
    5. ( transitive ) To bring to land .
      It can be tricky to land a helicopter .
      Use the net to land the fish .
    6. ( transitive ) To acquire; to secure.
    7. ( transitive ) To deliver .

    Derived terms


    land ( not comparable )

    1. Of or relating to land .
    2. Residing or growing on land .



    From Proto-Germanic *landan, from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Saxon land ( Dutch land ), Old High German lant ( German Land ), Old Norse land ( Swedish land ), Gothic ��������. The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Celtic *landā ( Welsh llan ‘enclosure’, Breton lann ‘heath’ ) .


    • IPA: /lɑnd/


    land n .

    1. land

    Derived terms



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/03/19 11:07 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    • -landia



    1. Used to form a name of a territory, country, or region .

Explanation of land by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. bring into a different state

    2. this may land you in jail
    3. reach or come to rest

    4. The bird landed on the highest branch
      The plane landed in Istanbul
    5. cause to come to the ground

    6. the pilot managed to land the airplane safely
    7. shoot at and force to come down

    8. the enemy landed several of our aircraft
    9. arrive on shore

    10. The ship landed in Pearl Harbor
    11. bring ashore

    12. The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island
    13. deliver ( a blow )

    14. He landed several blows on his opponent's head
    1. agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life

    2. there's no work on the land any more
    3. the people who live in a nation or country

    4. a politically organized body of people under a single government

    5. an industrialized land
    6. the territory occupied by a nation

    7. he returned to the land of his birth
    8. territory over which rule or control is exercised

    9. he made it the law of the land
    10. the solid part of the earth's surface

    11. the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
    12. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow ( especially with reference to its quality or use )

    13. the land had never been plowed
    14. United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process ( 1909-1991 )

    15. extensive landed property ( especially in the country ) retained by the owner for his own use

    16. the family owned a large estate on Long Island
    17. the land on which real estate is located

    18. he built the house on land leased from the city
    19. a domain in which something is dominant

    20. a land of make-believe

    Definition of land by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Land ( lănd ), n. Urine. See Lant. [Obs.]

    2. Land, n. [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land. ]
      1. The solid part of the surface of the earth; -- opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, “to sight land after a long voyage”.

      They turn their heads to sea, their sterns to land. Dryden.

      2. Any portion, large or small, of the surface of the earth, considered by itself, or as belonging to an individual or a people, as a country, estate, farm, or tract.

      Go view the land, even Jericho. Josh. ii. 1.

      Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,

      Where wealth accumulates and men decay. Goldsmith.

      ☞ In the expressions “to be, or dwell, upon land,” “to go, or fare, on land,” as used by Chaucer, land denotes the country as distinguished from the town.

      A poor parson dwelling upon land [i.e., in the country]. Chaucer.

      3. Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, “wet land; good or bad land.”

      4. The inhabitants of a nation or people.

      These answers, in the silent night received,

      The king himself divulged, the land believed. Dryden.

      5. The mainland, in distinction from islands.

      6. The ground or floor. [Obs.]

      Herself upon the land she did prostrate. Spenser.

      7. ( Agric. ) The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing.

      8. ( Law ) Any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever, as meadows, pastures, woods, etc., and everything annexed to it, whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand of man, as buildings, fences, etc.; real estate. Kent. Bouvier. Burrill.

      9. ( Naut. ) The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; -- called also landing. Knight.

      10. In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, as the level part of a millstone between the furrows, or the surface of the bore of a rifled gun between the grooves.

      Land agent, a person employed to sell or let land, to collect rents, and to attend to other money matters connected with land. -- Land boat, a vehicle on wheels propelled by sails. -- Land blink, a peculiar atmospheric brightness seen from sea over distant snow-covered land in arctic regions. See Ice blink. -- Land breeze. See under Breeze. -- Land chain. See Gunter's chain. -- Land crab ( Zool. ), any one of various species of crabs which live much on the land, and resort to the water chiefly for the purpose of breeding. They are abundant in the West Indies and South America. Some of them grow to a large size. -- Land fish a fish on land; a person quite out of place. Shak. -- Land force, a military force serving on land, as distinguished from a naval force. -- Land, ho! ( Naut. ), a sailor's cry in announcing sight of land. -- Land ice, a field of ice adhering to the coast, in distinction from a floe. -- Land leech ( Zool. ), any one of several species of blood-sucking leeches, which, in moist, tropical
      regions, live on land, and are often troublesome to man and beast. -- Land measure, the system of measurement used in determining the area of land; also, a table of areas used in such measurement. -- Land of bondage or House of bondage, in Bible history, Egypt; by extension, a place or condition of special oppression. -- Land o' cakes, Scotland. -- Land of Nod, sleep. -- Land of promise, in Bible history, Canaan: by extension, a better country or condition of which one has expectation. -- Land of steady habits, a nickname sometimes given to the State of Connecticut. -- Land office, a government office in which the entries upon, and sales of, public land are registered, and other business respecting the public lands is transacted. [U.S.] -- Land pike. ( Zool. ) The gray pike, or sauger. The Menobranchus. -- Land service, military service as distinguished from naval service. -- Land rail. ( Zool ) The crake or corncrake of Europe. See Crake. An Australian rail ( Hypotænidia Phillipensis ); --
      called also pectoral rail. -- Land scrip, a certificate that the purchase money for a certain portion of the public land has been paid to the officer entitled to receive it. [U.S.] -- Land shark, a swindler of sailors on shore. [Sailors' Cant] -- Land side That side of anything in or on the sea, as of an island or ship, which is turned toward the land. The side of a plow which is opposite to the moldboard and which presses against the unplowed land. -- Land snail ( Zool. ), any snail which lives on land, as distinguished from the aquatic snails are Pulmonifera, and belong to the Geophila; but the operculated land snails of warm countries are Diœcia, and belong to the Tænioglossa. See Geophila, and Helix. -- Land spout, a descent of cloud and water in a conical form during the occurrence of a tornado and heavy rainfall on land. -- Land steward, a person who acts for another in the management of land, collection of rents, etc. -- Land tortoise, Land turtle ( Zool. ), any tortoise that habitually lives
      on dry land, as the box tortoise. See Tortoise. -- Land warrant, a certificate from the Land Office, authorizing a person to assume ownership of a public land. [U.S.] -- Land wind. Same as Land breeze ( above ). -- To make land ( Naut. ), to sight land. To set the laLand, n. [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land. ]
      1. The solid part of the surface of the earth; -- opposed to water as constituting a part of such
    3. Land v. t. [imp. & p. p. Landed; p. pr. & vb. n. Landing.]
      1. To set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark.

      I 'll undertake to land them on our coast. Shak.

      2. To catch and bring to shore; to capture; as, “to land a fish”.

      3. To set down after conveying; to cause to fall, alight, or reach; to bring to the end of a course; as, “he landed the quoit near the stake; to be thrown from a horse and landed in the mud; to land one in difficulties or mistakes.”

      4. Specifically: ( Aeronautics ) To pilot ( an airplane ) from the air onto the land; as, “to land the plane on a highway”.

    4. Land, v. i.
      1. To come to the end of a course; to arrive at a destination, literally or figuratively; as, “he landed in trouble; after hithchiking for a week, he landed in Los Angeles”.

      2. Specifically: To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.

      3. Specifically: To reach and come to rest on land after having been in the air; as, “the arrow landed in a flower bed; the golf ball landed in a sand trap; our airplane landed in Washington”.