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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The solid ground of the earth.
  • n. Ground or soil: tilled the land.
  • n. A topographically or functionally distinct tract: desert land; prime building land.
  • n. A nation; a country.
  • n. The people of a nation, district, or region.
  • n. Territorial possessions or property.
  • n. Public or private landed property; real estate.
  • n. Law A tract that may be owned, together with everything growing or constructed on it.
  • n. Law A landed estate.
  • n. An agricultural or farming area: wanted to buy a house on the land.
  • n. Farming considered as a way of life: "The 'back to the land movement' began a couple years ago at the peak of South Korea's economic development and has roots in environmentalism and Buddhist philosophy.” ( Michael Baker).
  • n. An area or realm: the land of make-believe; the land of television.
  • n. The raised portion of a grooved surface, as on a phonograph record.
  • transitive v. To bring to and unload on land: land cargo.
  • transitive v. To set (a vehicle) down on land or another surface: land an airplane smoothly; land a seaplane on a lake.
  • transitive v. Informal To cause to arrive in a place or condition: Civil disobedience will land you in jail.
  • transitive v. To catch and pull in (a fish): landed a big catfish.
  • transitive v. Informal To win; secure: land a big contract.
  • transitive v. Informal To deliver: landed a blow on his opponent's head.
  • intransitive v. To come to shore: landed against the current with great difficulty.
  • intransitive v. To disembark: landed at a crowded dock.
  • intransitive v. To descend toward and settle onto the ground or another surface: The helicopter has landed.
  • intransitive v. Informal To arrive in a place or condition: landed at the theater too late for the opening curtain; landed in trouble for being late.
  • intransitive v. To come to rest in a certain way or place: slipped and landed on his shoulder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water.
  • n. Real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and on which buildings can be erected.
  • n. A country or region.
  • n. A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland.
  • n. Ground that is suitable for farming.
  • n. A fright.
  • n. A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connecting wires.
  • n. In a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pits.
  • n. The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.
  • v. To descend to a surface, especially from the air.
  • v. To alight, to descend from a vehicle.
  • v. To come into rest.
  • v. To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water.
  • v. To bring to land.
  • v. To acquire; to secure.
  • v. To deliver.
  • adj. Of or relating to land.
  • adj. Residing or growing on land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Urine. See lant.
  • n. The solid part of the surface of the earth; -- opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil
  • n. The inhabitants of a nation or people.
  • n. The mainland, in distinction from islands.
  • n. The ground or floor.
  • n. The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; -- called also landing.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark.
  • transitive v. To catch and bring to shore; to capture.
  • transitive v. To set down after conveying; to cause to fall, alight, or reach; to bring to the end of a course
  • transitive v. To pilot (an airplane) from the air onto the land.
  • intransitive v. To come to the end of a course; to arrive at a destination, literally or figuratively.
  • intransitive v. To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.
  • intransitive v. To reach and come to rest on land after having been in the air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The solid substance of the earth's surface; any part of the continuous surface of the solid materials constituting the body of the globe: as, dry or submerged land; mountain or desert land.
  • n. The exposed part of the earth's surface, as distinguished from the submerged part; dry or solid ground: as, to travel by land and water; to spy land from the masthead.
  • n. A part of the earth's surface distinguished in any way from other parts; a country, division, or tract considered as the home of a person or a people, or marked off by ethnical, physical, or moral characteristics: as, one's native land; the land of the midnight sun; the land of the citron and myrtle.
  • n. The country; the rural regions; in general, distant regions.
  • n. Ground considered as a subject of use or possession; earth; soil.
  • n. A strip of land left unbroken in a plowed field; the space between two furrows.
  • n. Hence That part of the inner surface of a rifle which lies between the grooves.
  • n. In a millstone, the plane surface between two furrows.
  • n. The smooth uncut part of the face-plate of a slide-valve in a steam-engine.
  • n. The lap of the strakes in a clincher-built boat. Also called landing.
  • n. In some cities in Scotland, a group of separate dwellings under one roof and having a common entry; a dwelling-house divided into tenements for different families, each tenement being called a house, and the whole a land, or a land of houses.
  • To put on or bring to shore; disembark; debark; transfer to land in any way: as, to land troops or goods; to land a fish.
  • Hence To bring to a point of stoppage or rest; bring to the end of a journey, or a course of any kind.
  • Nautical, to rest, as a cask or spar, on the deck or elsewhere, by lowering with a rope or tackle.
  • To go ashore from a ship or boat; disembark.
  • To come to land or shore; touch at a wharf or other landing-place, as a boat or steamer.
  • To arrive; come to a stop: as, I landed at his house: the wagon landed in a ditch.
  • n. Urine.
  • n. See laund.
  • n. One of the strips into which a field is divided in plowing: same as ridge, 3. See quotation under cut, 24. Compare dead furrow.
  • n. Uncultivated land subject to taxation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arrive on shore
  • n. the solid part of the earth's surface
  • n. the territory occupied by a nation
  • n. the people who live in a nation or country
  • v. cause to come to the ground
  • n. extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
  • n. agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
  • n. territory over which rule or control is exercised
  • n. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
  • v. bring into a different state
  • v. shoot at and force to come down
  • v. deliver (a blow)
  • v. reach or come to rest
  • n. a politically organized body of people under a single government
  • n. United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
  • n. a domain in which something is dominant
  • v. bring ashore
  • n. the land on which real estate is located

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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") from lëndë ("matter, substance"). (Wiktionary)

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