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  • 1The part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water, as opposed to the sea or the air.

    ‘the reptiles lay their eggs on land’
    • ‘after four weeks at sea we sighted land’
    • ‘The way solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth's surface depends primarily on whether the surface is land or sea.’
    • ‘There are 26,000 million insects living in every square mile of habitable land on Earth.’
    • ‘When the Earth is viewed from space on a cloudless day, all that can be seen are the edges of land, sea and icecaps.’
    • ‘Then imagine that you and your buddy are alone, with no sight of land, nor any surface cover!’
    • ‘Never dump oil in the water, on land or in the trash; fines can be in the thousands!’
    • ‘We're amphibians, living part of our lives in the water and part on land.’
    • ‘If the mine came down on land instead of water, it was supposed to go off seventeen seconds later.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, 800,000 square kilometres of land were under water across the region.’
    • ‘The melting of sea ice and glaciers on land make surface waters fresher than they are now.’
    • ‘As happy in the water as on land, this breed is a fearless swimmer, and is most useful for hunting wild fowl.’
    • ‘Equally at home in water or on land, the Newfoundland was large enough to pull in a drowning man or to break the ice to retrieve him.’
    • ‘It was May, and the island was a meeting place for breeding animals, both in the water and on land.’
    • ‘What allows the eel catfish to flourish there is its elongated body and ability to feed on both land and water.’
    • ‘Seismic waves are detected by instruments known as geophones when used on land or hydrophones in water.’
    • ‘After the wave comes the trough, where the sea level drops below normal and the water dumped on land pours back to the sea.’
    • ‘For while adult amphibians usually live on land, their soft eggs must be laid in the water.’
    • ‘The guns can be fired from the vehicle on land or water, or can be dismounted and used in a normal fashion.’
    • ‘When he did, he noticed that the dam was built half on land and half on water.’
    • ‘The ecosystem, both on land and in the water, depends heavily upon the activity of bacteria.’
    • ‘A car that can drive on land, sail on water and fly through the air will be unveiled next month.’
    • ‘Movements in water are slower than movements on land due to water resistance.’
    terra firma, dry land, solid ground
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    1. 1.1as modifier Living or traveling on land rather than in water or the air.
      ‘a land mammal’
      • ‘Every living land animal with a backbone is descended from the same group of fish.’
      • ‘And then, as now, it was essentially a debate between maritime forces and land forces.’
      • ‘The African elephant is the largest living land animal and weighs up to 5,400 kg.’
      • ‘The screened-in shelter on the lakeshore offered a view of both land and water birds.’
      • ‘The best clue we can give you is that these organisms are considered to be the closest living relatives of land plants.’
      • ‘After the war he specialised in tropical medicine and was consultant to the Far East land forces in Singapore.’
      • ‘In 1700 both land and water transport were still extremely expensive in most parts of Europe.’
      • ‘He went on to command the US land forces at D-Day and the subsequent US advance through France.’
      • ‘The report says the amount of contaminants in land mammals such as musk ox and reindeer is still low.’
      • ‘At the moment, silence is being maintained over both the arming of the land forces and the total cost of the military plans.’
      • ‘Their teeth, like those of most land mammals, still show differentiation into several types.’
      • ‘He pointed out that whales share a number of traits with land mammals, such as milk and a placenta.’
      • ‘In consequence French land forces were both marooned and blockaded.’
      • ‘Next to the elephant, the white rhino is the largest land mammal and can weigh up to 3.6 metric tons.’
      • ‘As a part of the fleets and flotillas they operated with land forces to defend ports and installations.’
      • ‘A further benefit is that the winter months see greater cloud cover, making it easier for allied land forces to operate unseen.’
      • ‘Most sharks are simply not tuned in to eating land mammals.’
      • ‘Yet the Pleistocene was also characterized by the presence of distinctive large land mammals and birds.’
      • ‘Why did we ever choose to become clumsy land beasts when water is our essence and feels so much like home?’
      • ‘The other important role for the Navy in Asia is to project land forces ashore.’
    2. 1.2An expanse of land; an area of ground, especially in terms of its ownership or use.
      ‘the land north of the village’
      • ‘the Indians were wiped out as gold prospectors invaded their lands’
      • ‘Any land over 5 hectares that is not urban land is also covered by the proposed regime.’
      • ‘On every edge of the suburbs were hayfields, waste lands, ditches and culverts.’
      • ‘Arable land is one thing the Eastern Cape is not short of but development of much of this has been slow or non-existent.’
      • ‘The landscape contains a mosaic of residential, agricultural, old field successional and forested lands.’
      • ‘After selling their farms in Southern California at profitable prices, many citrus growers began looking for new lands to farm.’
      • ‘The world's cultivated lands have grown to an area about the size of South America.’
      • ‘It would be able to seize vehicles caught fly tipping and could prosecute anyone caught dropping litter on any piece of land or water.’
      • ‘The drought has not helped matters as animals have abandoned their traditional grazing lands in search of greener pastures.’
      • ‘It concerned a man called Mr John White, who bought 586 hectares of farming land in Northland.’
      • ‘Then on to the Fens - a land of fertile fields and canals and dykes with The Isle of Ely rising majestically from the heart of it all.’
      • ‘How much is a prime parcel of Arctic land with a water view?’
      • ‘In this case a motorcyclist was injured in a collision at a junction where visibility was restricted by a bank of earth on land owned by British Rail.’
      • ‘The fishponds there were generally small and sited on marginal lands unusable for agriculture.’
      • ‘On a visit many years ago they chanced upon a man who declared he had the best plot of land on God's Earth, on the shores of Loch Melford.’
      • ‘Every year the action of the wind destroyed thousands of hectares of fertile lands, apt for cattle exploitation.’
      • ‘At times one could be forgiven for thinking that there would be no more land left to stake a mineral claim on.’
      • ‘Today the county council said it was not aware of a promise to return to clean up the land but would arrange to tidy up any land which was covered in rubbish.’
      • ‘Last year the archaeologists' project was making sure land to be covered by a cycleway did not include valuable remains.’
      • ‘In most islands some small-scale farmers continued to occupy prime lands, maintaining a cash-crop culture on the margins of plantations.’
      • ‘The aim is to restore waste land in the deprived area and create a community gardening scheme to attract jobs.’
      • ‘They say that builders must be discouraged from building on green sites, rather than re-using land in the inner areas.’
      grounds, ground, fields, open space, open area
      soil, earth, loam, sod, dirt, clay, turf, topsoil, humus, marl
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    3. 1.3the landGround or soil used as a basis for agriculture.
      ‘my family had worked the land for many years’
      • ‘Edna Beard fell in love with the countryside while working the land to feed a nation at war.’
      • ‘She is a country person who believes in using the products of the land.’
      • ‘Savory also noted that too much rest was as bad for the land as too much grazing.’
      • ‘German Mennonites settle the area, cultivate the land and build the infrastructure.’
      • ‘But should we not remember who it was who broke the land and tilled the soil?’
      • ‘So did the early Indo Europeans till the land and possess wheeled vehicles?’
      • ‘In both cases, these local leaders play a key role in what happens on the land, including farm land.’
      • ‘While Betsy and Mack spoke of working the land, Leah and Ana talked of different things.’
      • ‘Dung and bedding, along with all other crop residues, are returned to the land to replenish soil nutrients.’
  • 2A country.

    ‘the valley is one of the most beautiful in the land’
    • ‘the lands of the Middle East’
    • ‘America, the land of political equality’
    • ‘They are fleeing from the dire economic and social circumstances in their own lands to countries that offer them a better future.’
    • ‘Publishers would have to take account of the law of every land on Earth.’
    • ‘As he travelled across the land evangelizing at revival meetings he took the lads with him.’
    • ‘The reasons for his sudden emergence as a real power in the land were essentially political.’
    • ‘After establishing himself as an artist in his native land, he decided to immigrate to the United States.’
    • ‘Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help.’
    • ‘It has been the land of mighty empires, a powerful trading nation rich in culture and civilisation.’
    • ‘During her teens, Samerjan was introduced to unusual fabrics from exotic lands by her father, a successful textile manufacturer.’
    • ‘Naturally air conditioned by windtowers which catch the breezes then funnel them below, the Souk is a great marketplace in which to examine products from countless lands.’
    • ‘To understand this answer we must study the philosophy of the history of the world, especially in reference to political geography - the various lands and countries.’
    • ‘After all, it's America that is the young country, the republic, the land of informality and classlessness.’
    • ‘Sailors traveling to exotic foreign lands began to collect tattoos as souvenirs of their journeys.’
    • ‘Philip Gailey ends his article with a wish for a country he regards as ‘one of the most beautiful and hospitable lands on the planet’.’
    • ‘You won't find a better dance ensemble this side of that imaginary line that separates the US from the wild and beautiful lands and music to its south.’
    • ‘Every time one sells or buys a product made from the abuse of others in the so-called Third World nations or their lands makes them guilty of immoral gains.’
    • ‘We made a lot of wonderful friends, saw some beautiful countryside in lands far away, and experienced some incredible receptions along the way.’
    • ‘You might be under the impression that, for such a beautiful land, they've been blessed with a truly ugly language.’
    • ‘To think of the dads, grandads and brothers who fought in the war to protect our land from Nazis to then see them emerging behind a political party.’
    • ‘Although women could work in slums or in the back country of foreign lands, national suffrage would surely permanently soil them.’
    • ‘The first series proved unmissable with six weeks of first class original music from some of the best bands in the land.’
    country, nation, state, nation state, fatherland, motherland, homeland, realm, kingdom, empire, republic, commonwealth, province, territory, district, region, area, domain
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    1. 2.1A conceptual realm or domain.
      ‘you are living in a fantasy land’
      • ‘Through reading the Harry Potter series, it would seem many want to enter children's imaginary fantasy lands, too.’
      • ‘Sitting at your desk, making statues out of paperclips, it's easy to drift off into a fantasy land of ice cream and beaches.’
      • ‘Do not be afraid of disappearing into a fantasy land of castles, maidens and jousting knights for an hour or two.’
      • ‘This is a land of fantasy, adventure and discovery, a place where those dreams become reality.’
      • ‘I have already begun to fall back into my fantasy land, my mind's safe haven.’
      • ‘Once a person reaches this level of isolation, it is hard to come back to the land of sanity.’
      • ‘Too bad that the producers of that series decided to revisit the land of adult insecurities with a whole new cast of characters.’
      • ‘My ears cannot stand the sound, especially when my mind is still in that ever so far away land of dreams.’
      • ‘I think I must live in some kind of crazed fantasy land, when I have absolutely NO self awareness whatsoever.’
      • ‘She should have been out eating lunch with Barnes at Goldman's, not in some fantasy land.’
      • ‘But he said anyone who suggested the port would have a cloud of dust hovering over it was in fantasy land.’
      • ‘Who but one transported by fame into fantasy land could think it?’
      • ‘For her the book fair is just a free ticket to fantasy land - one they cannot ignore.’
      • ‘She was one of those girls who lives in this fantasy land where absolutely nothing is ever their fault.’
      • ‘In using them, we work outside the realm of right and wrong, and within the land of cause and effect.’
  • 3The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.

    ‘What is radical about the Briley design is that it is rifled with six, straight, equally spaced lands and grooves.’
    • ‘The rotating band contacts the lands and grooves at the forcing cone.’
    • ‘Since it uses a reverse electroplating process, there's no abrasive action from bore scouring brushes and no possibility of scratching the lands and grooves.’
    • ‘The caliber was 16-gauge and the barrel was rifled with lands and grooves that ran straight as an arrow from breech to muzzle.’
    • ‘It's about 43 inches long, with a 24-inch barrel with one twist and five lands and grooves.’



/land/ /lænd/


  • 1with object Put (someone or something) on land from a boat.

    ‘the lifeboat landed the survivors safely ashore’
    • ‘The survivor was treated for the effects of drinking seawater, and landed ashore, where he went on to make a full recovery.’
    • ‘The rescued fishermen were transferred to the lifeboat and landed at Valentia Island but luckily none of the men were injured.’
    • ‘All but one of the crew were picked up by the Mevagissey lifeboat and landed there.’
    • ‘Then there were the marine corps and army infantry who waded ashore or were landed by air on island after island.’
    1. 1.1no object Go ashore; disembark.
      ‘the marines landed at a small fishing jetty’
      • ‘When the US marines landed in the south, an armoured column immediately set out to meet them, eager at last to engage the enemy.’
      • ‘It's a bay in south-western Cuba, in which US marines landed in 1898 during the Cuban War of Independence.’
      • ‘As a combat correspondent in World War IL, he landed with the marines at Guam and Iwo Jima.’
      • ‘The largest group landed in 1893 when four hundred camels and ninety-four men disembarked.’
      • ‘On May 3 right wing paramilitaries had landed by boat in Bojaya.’
      • ‘Thirty-four thousand troops landed that day, but at a high cost, for over 2,500 became casualties.’
      • ‘When the British explorer Captain James Cook landed at Botany Bay, he claimed the whole of the east coast of Australia for Britain.’
      • ‘Japan was a Buddhist country when in 1543 Portuguese missionaries landed on Kyushu Island in Southern Japan.’
      • ‘No lives were lost and all landed safely ashore.’
      • ‘In 1942 he was evacuated shortly before Singapore fell to the Japanese; his ship was torpedoed and he spent three weeks in an open lifeboat before landing in Java.’
      • ‘Christopher Columbus landed in Honduras on his last voyage in 1502.’
      • ‘Imagine you land in a port somewhere and want to go into town for groceries and sight seeing.’
      • ‘From there we stopped at the tiny islands of Providencia and San Andres, finally landing in the rain forests of Panama.’
      • ‘Captain James Cook also landed at La France Australe on Christmas Eve 1776.’
      disembark, reach the shore, go ashore, debark, alight, get off
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    2. 1.2Bring (a fish) to land, especially with a net or hook.
      ‘I landed a scrappy three-pound walleye’
      • ‘Pat Gannon landed his first Salmon of the season, a nice 10.5 lb fish at the Gannon fishery.’
      • ‘International golfer Mark O'Meara was one of those to land a summer salmon, when he hooked and landed an 11 lb fish on the 5th.’
      • ‘Some very good fish have been landed in the past week, with more being hooked and lost.’
      • ‘Grant Gibson from Newton St Boswells took the honours after landing an incredible 17 fish from the Melrose stretch.’
      • ‘I look forward to meeting many of you next year and hopefully landing a few more fish!’
      • ‘Neil Yates landed the heaviest fish of the day - an 8lb 15 oz carp.’
      • ‘Tipperary man Frank Acheson had an early success on Tuesday the 3rd, when he landed a 12.5lbs fish on the spinner.’
      • ‘Dewar won the accolade of top rod overall after clinching first place in all four sessions and Jones landed the biggest fish, a grayling of 42 cm.’
      • ‘The top prize went to Christy Tobin all the way from Limerick while P.J. Brogan from Ballina landed the biggest fish of the day.’
      • ‘John McDonagh landed a 3 lb fish at Durkan's Pool and several others were hooked and lost.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I have had to stay at home and go bass fishing, trying to land all of the large bass that are currently around.’
      • ‘This method proved a success in landing another 16 fish for Roy - an excellent day's sport.’
      • ‘I tightened into a fish and soon landed a nice brown trout of about 14 inches.’
      • ‘There followed a long reminiscence of his lost love, and how she had landed this and that fish of blessed memory.’
      • ‘And, if you dip a fishing rod into any one of their famous fish farms, you're likely to land a very fat salmon or char.’
      • ‘As we approached the anglers, they hooked and landed an immature striped bass.’
      • ‘As soon as a fish is tired and ready to be landed the guide will ask you for one so he can loop it through the gills and tie it to a convenient branch while it recovers.’
      • ‘No salmon were reported from the river, but like the Bunowen, fish should be running here too and if more anglers were out, we should see some fish landed.’
      • ‘My best mate and fishing partner Simon Crow went out for a week and landed 20 fish up to 48 lb in size.’
      • ‘It wasn't long before Lee landed his first pike weighing in at 9lb 11 oz and was also chuffed with himself.’
      catch, capture, take captive, trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, bag, hook, land
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    3. 1.3 informal Succeed in obtaining or achieving (something desirable), especially in the face of strong competition.
      • ‘she landed the starring role in a new film’
      • ‘It was in 1997 that Chris won his first major prize in an open competition by landing the President's Cup and the awards have come thick and fast since then.’
      • ‘Dermot Weld's feat in landing a second Melbourne Cup is a remarkable achievement.’
      • ‘He blindsided the competition by landing Wolfgang Reitzle to run the Premier Auto Group.’
      • ‘Luke was a hero in his own social circles for landing such a key role in a series of movies.’
      • ‘It was amazing to see who landed the roles, and even more surprising who caught on with audiences.’
      • ‘The Chargers also landed wide receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight as part of their deal with the Falcons.’
      • ‘He and many others landed jobs on in-shore mackerel boats, fishing tamer waters around the Isle of Skye and Plymouth.’
      • ‘Then in October 2001, de Cartier landed the position of creative director at a prestigious music publishing company.’
      • ‘But the Bradford light-middle is not complaining after landing a fight on the Dale Robinson undercard in London on Friday.’
      • ‘He has come very close to landing several other major roles recently.’
      • ‘After that he landed a more central role in The Italian Job opposite Edward Norton, Charlize Theron and rap superstar Marky Mark.’
      • ‘Other signings have disappointed but McCormack excelled himself in the close season by landing St George star Darren Treacy.’
      • ‘Using only what God gave me, I landed my first major role in ‘Jesus, Mary and Joeseph!’’
      • ‘But Miami, as they soon will be called, landed their largest sports star since Shaq this winter.’
      • ‘The Hyde Park Hotel may have been where Marco landed his third Michelin star but Harvey's was where he made his name.’
      • ‘And as we go to break, a concert scene from the movie that made Bette Midler a star and landed her first Oscar nomination.’
      • ‘John Thaw, who died from cancer this week at the age of 60, landed his first paid role on a stall at Smithfield Market as a teenager.’
      • ‘And a break of 76 in the final frame ensured that the Leeds player landed the £82, 500 first prize.’
      • ‘Kilmaine boxers landed three Connacht titles at the recent provincial championships in Westport.’
      • ‘Returning home he landed a job writing about the new music for The Spectator.’
      • ‘He didn't look like someone who had landed the plum job in Brussels.’
      obtain, get, acquire, procure, secure, be appointed to, gain, net, win, earn, achieve, attain, bag, come by, draw, pick up
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  • 2no object Come down through the air and alight on the ground.

    ‘planes landing at the rate of two a minute’
    • ‘We flew on a turboprop military plane and landed on the carrier.’
    • ‘Before noon, the plane landed on a single runway near town.’
    • ‘He said police in a helicopter landed on their farm shortly before 5am with a search warrant.’
    • ‘For more than 40 years, the Moon has been visited by automated space probes and by nine manned expeditions, six of which landed on its surface.’
    • ‘Despite the dust storm, it landed on the surface and for a few tantalising moments started transmitting the first view from the Martian surface.’
    • ‘In 1997 the Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the surface of Mars in the mouth of one of the channels.’
    • ‘On 24 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edward Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon.’
    • ‘I heard the rumbling of an engine and scraping of wheels as a plane landed on the runway, and I shifted.’
    • ‘A large, black raven glided down and landed on the ground a few feet away.’
    • ‘It said the rocket was fired shortly after sunset and landed on a farm land nearly 300 meters short of the embassy building.’
    • ‘It is expected to return to Earth and land in the Australian Outback in June 2007.’
    • ‘We landed, disembarked and entered the terminal building, a dank shell of gnawed concrete.’
    • ‘Almost four hours later, the green light came on in the helicopter's cabin, signaling that the Marine teams would be landing in three minutes.’
    • ‘That was what you saw as the helicopters landed at this Marine air base, which is about 65 miles south of the capital.’
    • ‘Likewise, aircraft should require some level of permission from the Department of Conservation before landing in marine reserve areas.’
    • ‘The plane, carrying members of the band and their touring staff, overshot after landing in severe weather conditions on arrival from Buffalo, New York.’
    • ‘I'd been to The Bronx only once before, and had exactly the same sensation then, so that by the time you alight you might as well be landing on the moon.’
    • ‘It's going to be fitted with wheels and it will still be doing around 40 to 50 mph when it lands on the runway.’
    • ‘Just before the last passenger flight touches down, two more Concordes will also land at the west London airport.’
    • ‘The presidential helicopter, Marine One, is now landing on the South Lawn at the White House.’
    touch down, alight, make a landing, come in to land, come down, come to rest, arrive
    perch, settle, come down, come to rest, alight
    bring down, make a landing, put down, take down
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    1. 2.1with object Bring (an aircraft or spacecraft) to the ground or the surface of water in a controlled way.
      ‘the copilot landed the plane’
      • ‘The aircraft was immediately landed thereafter and the airframe was inspected.’
      • ‘The crew landed the aircraft without further incident.’
      • ‘With enemy cavalry approaching, LT McNamara landed his own aircraft under heavy fire.’
      • ‘Although another pilot took off and landed the aircraft, Mr Henshaw flew it over the Cambridgeshire countryside using its dual controls.’
      • ‘My copilot and I knew we had plenty of power to land the aircraft with the remaining two engines.’
      • ‘Being able to land an airplane when the engine has quit is a skill that can save your bacon.’
      • ‘The pilots tried to land the aircraft on a nearby clearing but could not as there were other firefighters standing on the site.’
      • ‘We'll bring you the live pictures as soon as the pilot gets ready to land that aircraft.’
      • ‘The fourth time he landed the aircraft, he crashed it.’
      • ‘Even though you have landed the aircraft, there are a lot of things to be done before you can start patting yourself and your crew on the back.’
      • ‘Need to land a light aircraft in a hurry but can't find a convenient runway?’
      • ‘In the early '80s, Ray Dolan landed fighter planes on aircraft carriers.’
      • ‘A Skipton pilot was commended by the Royal Air Force for successfully landing a burning aircraft at Portsmouth airport.’
      • ‘But a local resident has complained to the council about Mr Kearney's use of his home for taking off and landing his helicopter.’
      • ‘So those who managed to eject or safely land their aircraft could live to fight another day.’
      • ‘The purpose of the session was to educate ground crews on the proper procedure for landing a helicopter.’
      • ‘Each one was part of a lunar landing mission during which two American astronauts landed a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.’
      • ‘In there, you have to pay close attention to how you simulate landing a Soyuz spacecraft.’
      • ‘We also flew to Crete and bombed the Maleme airfield which was being used to land the German aeroplanes.’
      • ‘They'll then have their photo taken after they've landed the plane they hijacked.’
      • ‘Mr Hughes had just landed the helicopter in a field.’
      touch down, alight, make a landing, come in to land, come down, come to rest, arrive
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    2. 2.2Reach the ground after falling or jumping.
      ‘he leaped over the fence and landed nimbly on his feet’
      • ‘Brian went toppling over, landing with a splash in the pool.’
      • ‘The lack of tread on the soles saw me fly into the air and nearly land face first on the treadmill.’
      • ‘The distracted cyclist flew over the handlebars and landed on the pavement.’
      • ‘How badly your child may be injured depends on how far she fell and the surface she landed on.’
      • ‘He fell through the doctor's arms, landing on his feet and eventually on his bottom.’
      • ‘Wearing only a pair of red socks, he slipped when his feet touched down and he landed hard on his back.’
      • ‘Leeds Crown Court heard in the process he suddenly dropped some nine metres, landing on his feet, but fell backwards and struck his head.’
      • ‘He let go of her and jumped back, landing on a rooftop.’
      • ‘Without another word the siblings jumped, landing in a pile of hay.’
      • ‘She opened the hatch and jumped in, Alec landing right behind her.’
      • ‘In a single movement, she slipped out of the saddle and landed on the ground.’
      • ‘As Peter saw Marc disappear into the blackness, he felt a dreadful sense of foreboding, hearing the splash when Marc landed.’
      • ‘I smirked and jumped down, landing on the path behind them.’
      • ‘I tripped over myself as I exited the car and landed on the ground.’
      • ‘I connected shoulders with someone and I landed on the ground.’
      • ‘She fell backwards, landing with a sickening thud, and didn't move.’
      • ‘He landed on the ground a few meters away and rolled over several times before he came to a dead halt.’
      • ‘As the chopper got closer to the ground, the person standing jumped off, landing in the sand.’
      • ‘Before he could reach it, Jason stumbled on a raised section of the ground and landed on his forearms, struggling to regain his footing.’
      • ‘A workman who slipped and fell 30 ft off a house roof had an incredible escape when he landed with a splash - in a children's paddling pool.’
      • ‘She dropped her cigarette into a puddle and slid off of the bonnet of my car, landing with a splash on the gravel.’
    3. 2.3with adverbial of place (of an object) come to rest after falling or being thrown.
      ‘the plate landed in her lap’
      • ‘You'd need to create a diversion, by throwing a rock that lands behind them, making a noise and distracting them temporarily.’
      • ‘He then grabbed my flashlight and threw it so it landed right by my purse.’
      • ‘I dropped my fork on the glass plate and it landed with a small ‘clank’.’
      • ‘She flipped a pancake from the hot plate expertly and it landed neatly on her plate of four.’
      • ‘Without looking up he threw a book that landed with a thud on the table in front of Evelyn.’
      • ‘So it should come as no surprise that, five minutes into lunch, a giant tangle of grilled onions landed right in my lap.’
      • ‘I felt a drop of water land on the tip of my nose with a plop, mingling with the dirty sweat already on my face.’
      • ‘Some landed in the deep fat fryer, splashing oil everywhere.’
      • ‘I watched helplessly as a small splash of milk issued from the jug and landed in the bowl.’
      • ‘A stone from the top of the wall broke free, triggering a small landslide of pebbles, and landed with a resounding splash in the stream below.’
      • ‘Fortunately, at that moment a drop from a high-up stalactite landed in the waiting pool beneath, making a loud splash as it landed.’
      • ‘And just what did the people at the next table say when a dislodged piece of fish landed among their crockery?’
      • ‘A rope came snaking out over the river, landing with a splash at my feet.’
      • ‘Dara tossed her shoes on the floor and the rest of her belongings landed on the sofa.’
      • ‘Ice falling off the trees outside, landing on the ground with a thud that makes me jump out of my seat.’
      • ‘One of the side panels fell off, landing softly on the sandy ground.’
      • ‘Suddenly this giant brick landed in front of us then we turned around and there was one behind us.’
      • ‘I was vigorously taking down notes when a paper ball landed next to me.’
      • ‘Forty-four gallon drums of chemicals shot more than a hundred metres high, landing up to 400 metres away.’
    4. 2.4 informal (of something unpleasant or unexpected) arrive suddenly.
      • ‘there seemed to be more problems than ever landing on her desk this week’
      • ‘After we pointed out the many health-giving qualities of the brown stuff, a press release lands on our desk confirming that it is good for you.’
      • ‘As I'd been scrambling to create one, a fresh opportunity landed in my lap.’
      • ‘The opportunity to do that film landed in my lap.’
      • ‘You know podcasting is a mainstream concept when it lands in the laps of 14-year-olds.’
      • ‘So, after five months of doing something I really wanted in football and a top job now landing in my lap, it wasn't to be.’
      • ‘The fight of the new millennium between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis has landed in the lap of South African promoter Joe Manyathi.’
      • ‘As the language of personal development lands on their business laps, managers learn the sequence of emotions and reactions associated with change.’
      • ‘It's the idea of things rushing up on you suddenly, landing on you like an avalanche, hearing a distant rumble and then suddenly finding yourself surrounded by emotion.’
      • ‘How would you react if the support you need suddenly landed in your lap?’
      • ‘Still, I had hopes that something would change, or the next job would land in my lap as they had done so far.’
      • ‘The red ink, the comments, and the occasional C minuses: who can erase the dreaded memories of marked school work landing on the desk?’
      • ‘The report will land on the desk of the Ulster Secretary and the Prime Minister on Wednesday.’
      • ‘As application forms for the new fund began landing on desks last week, the reaction from church conservation workers was one of dismay.’
      • ‘Being the managing partner means that all the unsolved and ad hoc problems land on my desk.’
      • ‘Through bursts of laughter he told me that the first extracts of the new biography about Jack have finally been landing on editors' desks.’
      • ‘We're assuming you're not going to have perjured yourself, Richard, so we'll expect to hear your resignation landing on a desk soon, shall we?’
      • ‘Do you strictly say no or if the right television product were to land on your desk, would you do sitcoms again?’
      • ‘Will he have much influence on the bill that lands on his desk?’
      • ‘The Cultural Commission's report will land on the desks of the Scottish arts world on Thursday morning.’
  • 3 informal with object Inflict (a blow) on someone.

    • ‘I won the fight without landing a single punch’
    • ‘I landed him one’
    • ‘In round 1, Donis landed a hard right hook that was his most significant punch of the round.’
    • ‘It is possible that when the fight statistics are scrutinised that Arias, the Brazilian heavyweight champion, will have a tally of punches landed in single figures.’
    • ‘Raymond, enraged at being laughed at, charged forward and tried landing the first strike.’
    • ‘Down but not out, she gives as good as she gets, and manages to land a few punches before the soldier gets away.’
    • ‘They brawled near the ropes and Hopkins landed a sneaky left hook to Oscar's liver.’
    • ‘Jimmy's making the fight but Foster's landing the more effective blows.’
    • ‘He screamed, landing a powerful blow directly into the man's stomach.’
    • ‘Ali got off his toes for the first time in the fight and landed his most meaningful punches.’
    • ‘Rocky was the aggressor throughout the fight and landed all the punishing blows, but the judges announced Wallace as the winner.’
    • ‘He threw the next punch at Joey's gut, catching Joey off guard and landing another punch at Joey's face.’
    • ‘Magee, who entered the contest unbeaten in 22 fights, began confidently, landing the more telling blows.’
    • ‘She'd landed another few blows when he caught her wrist and twisted.’
    • ‘He maintained his ascendancy in the third round, landing a hard left hook which opened another cut, this time on Williams' right eye-lid.’
    • ‘He suddenly realized Red meant them when he landed a solid left hook to his abdomen.’
    • ‘He landed a few successful blows before he was roughly pulled back by two sets of strong arms.’
    • ‘Pursing his lips, he landed a heavy right hook on the boy's jaw before he could dodge, sending his head snapping back forcefully.’
    • ‘Over time, he lost a split-second, just enough to make him less capable of pulling away from blows or landing one of his tremendous counterpunches that come out of nowhere.’
    • ‘Tyson was bleeding from cuts over both his eyes and from his nose when Lewis landed a punch that sent him sprawling on his back in Lewis' corner.’
    • ‘The two fighters from the boxing crazy Eastern Cape began dishing heavy leather from the onset but Marali landed the most telling blows.’
    • ‘He parried all of the soldier's blows and then landed one of his own, on the soldier's armored stomach.’
    inflict, deal, deliver, administer, deposit, dispense, give, catch, mete out
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/land/ /lænd/


    how the land lies
    • What the state of affairs is.

      ‘let's keep it to ourselves until we see how the land lies’
      • ‘Just to see how the land lies, I approached Dave Linley, who has been given the job of looking after the spare tickets.’
      • ‘Your response counts, because it tells them, and the BBC how the land lies.’
      • ‘Let's see how the land lies after Grafton Street opens, OK?’
      • ‘He's had a hand in one long-standing magazine and one that went under, so he seemed like the perfect person to show me how the land lies in the magazine world.’
      • ‘You know what you're doing here, you know how the land lies.’
    in the land of the living
    • Alive or awake.

      ‘the doctor was amazed to find me still in the land of the living’
      • ‘if the general's in the land of the living, I'd like a word’
      • ‘Am now back in the land of the living, only to be faced with ten bazillion emails and two letters from the House of Commons (that'll be my MP then).’
      • ‘In that instance, as it is now, it was very comforting to know that I was wrong and he had been slyly enjoying his years in the land of the living.’
      • ‘Well, I'm back in the land of the living again with an internet connection!’
      • ‘They cut him down, chucked water over his face to revive him and make sure he was still in the land of the living.’
      • ‘There's nothing like an appalling film to put you back in the land of the living.’
      • ‘As I write these words, it is unclear whether he is still in the land of the living.’
      • ‘She and Kevin were in the land of the living, and it was so very good to feel the rumble of life again.’
      • ‘As long as my friend was firmly in the land of the living, I took her existence for granted.’
      • ‘She tilted his face to look at her to check for signs of life, finding thankfully that the lad was indeed still in the land of the living.’
      • ‘Two cans of Red Bull and a cigarette later I'm back in the land of the living only to hear Norah Jones' silky croon spewing from my speakers.’
    land on one's feet
    • Have good luck or success, especially after risk or trial.

      ‘after some ups and downs he has finally landed on his feet’
      • ‘But no, miss high and mighty, you've landed on your feet and you don't need your old dad any more, that's for sure.’
      • ‘Ranieri has landed on his feet, loved and lauded in two cities.’
      • ‘For starters he left me after I'd supported him for six months of him being unemployed, just as I lost my job and he landed on his feet.’
      • ‘He said his son was a lucky person who always landed on his feet.’
      • ‘Within weeks of her arrival she landed on her feet, securing a job with West Midlands as a bus conductor.’
      • ‘Here's hoping that he and Gretchen and everyone at the show land on their feet - the airwaves will be a lot poorer without them.’
      • ‘But I think, you know, he's got a lot of good years left, and he'll land on his feet.’
      • ‘Luckily for Ollie, and Man City, he has loyal supporters, and somehow always manages to land on his feet.’
      • ‘She's very talented and she's definitely going to land on her feet.’
      • ‘I really fell on my feet: I replied to a flat-share advert and landed myself a double bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom for a very reasonable sum.’
    land with one's bum in the butter
    South African informal
    • Find oneself in a very fortunate or advantageous situation or position.

      • ‘despite the calamities, he always lands with his bum in the butter’


      Apparently after Afrikaans om met sy gat in die botter te val.

    live off the land
    • Live on whatever food one can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.

      ‘George used the fieldcraft taught to him by his father to live off the land’
      • ‘Often relocated to disadvantaged areas, the Ojibwa faced poverty and bare subsistence through living off the land and/or farming.’
      • ‘The soldiers learn how to catch food and live off the land.’
      • ‘Some 90 percent of the population live off the land, mostly as subsistence farmers.’
      • ‘They have been living off the land there ever since, joined by a slow but steady stream of family and friends whose faces now look out from the pictures dotted around the display.’
      • ‘During the early 1850s he repeatedly crossed over the mountains and disappeared for months at a time, exploring and living off the land.’
      • ‘For countless generations, our people lived off the land.’
      • ‘Enroute, Gen. Sherman's troops were cut off from other Union forces and lived off the land.’
      • ‘In the century that followed, the Dutch established settlements and devised means to live off the land.’
      • ‘Richard and Sarah moved to Tuscany planning to grow their own vegetables and live off the land, hoping to harvest olives to make olive oil.’
    the land of Nod
    • A state of sleep.

      ‘the tape is guaranteed to send babies and toddlers to the land of Nod’
      • ‘I fought off the sleep interruption and went back to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘I want to stay where it is safe, lost in the sleepy, dreamy land of Nod.’
      • ‘May dreams of the fearless left-winger escort you to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘I left, drank my hot chocolate and so to bed with disappointed musings as I drifted off to the land of Nod.’
      • ‘The elements that will transport some viewers into raptures will no doubt merely send others into the land of Nod, but it is well worth surrendering to the film's hypnotic spell.’
      • ‘Now researchers are finding that the land of Nod may be especially difficult to reach for women.’


      Punningly, with biblical allusion to the place name Nod (Gen. 4:16).

    the land of the free
    • The United States of America.

      • ‘in the land of the free virtually anyone is free to wield a gun’
    the lay of the land
    • 1The features or characteristics of an area.

      ‘By looking at the lie of the land, at field names, and Ordnance Survey maps, anyone can begin to piece together the history of a landscape.’
      • ‘He believes houses should be built along the natural lie of the land.’
      • ‘The lie of the land protected Chile from invasion.’
      • ‘He was a superb ploughman and had an instinctive knowledge of the soil and the lie of the land.’
      • ‘Hill-walking is a great way of gaining spatial awareness and getting familiar with the lie of the land.’
      • ‘He was homesick for the Dales and its moorland, the familiarity of the lie of the land and the sounds of the birds.’
      • ‘Their mission, as a reconnaissance regiment, was to operate in advance of the heavy tanks, to spy out the lie of the land and report back on enemy activity and position.’
      • ‘The new rail link would be more cost-effective than previous proposals because it followed the lie of the land.’
      • ‘I was excited by the prospect of getting a chance to see the lie of the land where we would be venturing.’
      • ‘He took me up into the Lebombo Mountains to get the lay of the land.’
      • ‘Note the lay of the land in your yard and the basic drainage pattern.’
      • ‘Frontier scouts were known for their ability to convey to travelers the lay of the land.’
      1. 1.1The current situation or state of affairs.
        ‘she was beginning to see the lay of the land with her in-laws’
        • ‘The meetings were tentative efforts at getting to know the lie of the land.’
        • ‘Political parties are eager to learn the lie of the land and judge the mood of the electorate.’
        • ‘Here 's a screenshot I made, showing the current lay of the land around social software.’
        • ‘He certainly will know the general lie of the land as he is a former colleague of most of the other senior officials.’
        • ‘We will just have to wait and see what the lie of the land is.’
        • ‘I always found Jim to be well versed in the political lie of the land.’
        • ‘I will be showing you the lie of the land for the first hour before handing over to my colleagues.’
        • ‘The priest talks with the judge; to feel him out and get the lay of the land as to his character.’
        • ‘The company knows the lay of the land.’
        • ‘Give us a lay of the land right now, just about two weeks before the caucuses.’

Phrasal Verbs

    land in
    • land someone in somethingCause someone to be in a difficult or unwelcome situation.

      • ‘his exploits always landed him in trouble’
    land up
    • Reach a place or situation; end up.

      • ‘I landed up in prison’
    land up with
    • land up with somethingEnd up with an unwelcome situation.

      • ‘I landed up with three broken ribs’
    land with
    • land someone with somethingInflict an unwelcome task or difficult situation on someone.

      • ‘the mistake landed the company with a massive bill’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch land and German Land.

Main definitions of Land in English

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nounplural noun Länder/ˈlendər/ /ˈlɛndər/

  • (in Germany or Austria) a state.

    ‘A second school highlights the distinctive role of regional governments in federal systems, however designated - states, provinces, republics, cantons, Länder.’
    • ‘The German Länder have, as it were, an organic claim to authority, and have represented their local communities for much longer.’
    • ‘Kohl insisted that these extensions would undermine the position of the German Länder.’
    • ‘In 1991 the new Länder accounted for 20 per cent of reunified Germany's combined labour force but less than 7 per cent of its combined GNP.’
    • ‘This offered the respective Länder governments the possibility of exerting the leading influence, but usually the main opposition party was able to ensure some influence for itself.’
    • ‘These hopes were fuelled by reports from the Länder regarding a significant lowering in the number of crimes involving right-wing violence.’
    • ‘Since then, the country has consisted of 16 Länder or states, each of which has wide powers over its domestic affairs.’
    • ‘This has happened in the post-communist Länder (federal states) of eastern Germany.’
    • ‘The 16 Länder (federal states) aim to check whether individual schools have fulfilled their tasks as set down in the education standards.’
    • ‘Many countries - e.g. the USA and Germany - have federal constitutions with considerable powers exercised by states or Länder.’
    • ‘We have been in contact with every Land in Germany to ensure continuity of teacher recruitment and to foster exchanges and school links.’



/länt/ /länd/ /lɑnd/


German, literally ‘land’.