What does land mean?

Definitions for land

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word land.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. landnoun

    the land on which real estate is located

    "he built the house on land leased from the city"

  2. land, ground, soilnoun

    material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

    "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"

  3. domain, demesne, landnoun

    territory over which rule or control is exercised

    "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"

  4. land, dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firmanoun

    the solid part of the earth's surface

    "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"

  5. country, state, landnoun

    the territory occupied by a nation

    "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"

  6. kingdom, land, realmnoun

    a domain in which something is dominant

    "the untroubled kingdom of reason"; "a land of make-believe"; "the rise of the realm of cotton in the south"

  7. estate, land, landed estate, acres, demesnenoun

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

    "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"

  8. nation, land, countrynoun

    the people who live in a nation or country

    "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"

  9. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politicnoun

    a politically organized body of people under a single government

    "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

  10. Land, Din Land, Edwin Herbert Landnoun

    United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)

  11. farming, landverb

    agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life

    "farming is a strenuous life"; "there's no work on the land any more"

  12. land, set downverb

    reach or come to rest

    "The bird landed on the highest branch"; "The plane landed in Istanbul"

  13. land, put down, bring downverb

    cause to come to the ground

    "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"

  14. bring, landverb

    bring into a different state

    "this may land you in jail"

  15. landverb

    bring ashore

    "The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island"

  16. landverb

    deliver (a blow)

    "He landed several blows on his opponent's head"

  17. land, set ashore, shoreverb

    arrive on shore

    "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor"

  18. down, shoot down, landverb

    shoot at and force to come down

    "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"


  1. Landverb

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

  2. Landverb

    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.

  3. Landverb

    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.


  1. landnoun

    The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water.

    Most insects live on land.

  2. landnoun

    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. landnoun

    A country or region.

    They come from a faraway land.

  4. landnoun

    A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland.

  5. landnoun

    Ground that is suitable for farming.

    Plant the potatoes in the land.

  6. landnoun

    (Ireland / colloquial) a fright.

    He got an awful land when the police arrived.

  7. landnoun

    A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connecting wires.

  8. landnoun

    In a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pits.

  9. landnoun

    The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.

  10. landverb

    To descend to a surface, especially from the air.

    The plane is about to land.

  11. landverb

    To alight, to descend from a vehicle.

  12. landverb

    To come into rest.

  13. landverb

    To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water.

  14. landverb

    To bring to land.

  15. landverb

    To acquire; to secure.

  16. landverb

    To deliver.

  17. landadjective

    Of or relating to land.

  18. landadjective

    Residing or growing on land.

  19. Etymology: From landan, from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Saxon land (Dutch land), Old High German lant (German Land), Old Norse land (Swedish land), Gothic 033B0330033D0333. The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Celtic *landā (Welsh llan ‘enclosure’, Breton lann ‘heath’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LANDnoun

    Etymology: land, Gothick, Saxon, and so all the Teutonick dialects.

    All the nations of Scythia, like a mountain flood, did overflow all Spain, and quite drowned and washed away whatsoever reliques there were left of the land-bred people. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Thy ambition,
    Thou scarlet sin, robb’d this bewailing land
    Of noble Buckingham'. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    What had he done to make him fly the land? William Shakespeare.

    The chief men of the land had great authority; though the government was monarchical, it was not despotick. , Notes on the Odyssey.

    The princes delighting their conceits with confirming their knowledge, seeing wherein the sea-discipline differed from the land-service, they had pleasing entertainment. Philip Sidney.

    He to-night hath boarded a land-carrack;
    If it prove lawful prize, he’s made for ever. William Shakespeare.

    By land they found that huge and mighty country. George Abbot.

    With eleven thousand land-soldiers, and twenty-six ships of war, we within two months have won one town. Francis Bacon.

    Necessity makes men ingenious and hardy; and if they have but land-room or sea-room, they find supplies for their hunger. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    Yet, if thou go’st by land, tho’ grief possess
    My soul ev’n then, my fears would be the less:
    But ah! be warn’d to shun the wat’ry way. Dryden.

    They turn their heads to sea, their sterns to land,
    And greet with greedy joy th’ Italian strand. Dryden.

    I writ not always in the proper terms of navigation, or land-service. John Dryden, Æneis.

    The French are to pay the same duties at the dry ports through which they pass by land-carriage, as we pay upon importation or exportation by sea. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    The Phoenicians carried on a land-trade to Syria and Mesopotamia, and stopt not short, without pushing their trade to the Indies. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The species brought by land-carriage were much better than those which came to Egypt by sea. Arbuthnot.

    Beneath his steely casque he felt the blow,
    And roll’d, with limbs relax’d, along the land. Alexander Pope.

    To forfeit all your goods, lands, and tenements,
    Castles, and goods whatsoever, and to be
    Out of the king’s protection. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He kept himself within the bounds of loyalty, and enjoyed certain lands and towns in the borders of Polonia. Richard Knolles.

    This man is freed from servile hands,
    Of hope to rise, or fear to fall:
    Lord of himself, though not of lands,
    And having nothing, yet hath all. Henry Wotton.

    These answers in the silent night receiv’d,
    The king himself divulg’d, the land believ’d. Dryden.

    Probably this was a coarse expression in the cant strain, formerly in common use, but since laid aside and forgotten, which meant the taking away a man’s life. For land or lant is an old word for urine, and to stop the common passages and functions of nature is to kill. Thomas Hanmer.

    You are abused, and by some putter on,
    That will be damn’d for’t; would I knew the villain,
    I would land-damn him. William Shakespeare, Winter Tale.

  2. To Landverb

    To set on shore.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You shall hear
    The legions, now in Gallia, sooner landed
    In our not fearing Britain. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I told him of the army that was landed;
    He laughed at it. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He who rules the raging wind,
    To thee, O sacred ship, be kind,
    Thy committed pledge restore,
    And land him safely on the shore. John Dryden, Horace.

    Another Typhis shall new seas explore,
    Another Argo land the chiefs upon th’ Iberian shore. Dry.

  3. To Landverb

    To come to shore.

    Let him land,
    And solemnly see him set on to London. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Land ye not, none of you, and provide to be gone from this coast within sixteen days. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    I land, with luckless omens; then adore
    Their gods. John Dryden, Æneis.


  1. LAND

    A LAND (local area network denial) attack is a DoS (denial of service) attack that consists of sending a special poison spoofed packet to a computer, causing it to lock up. The security flaw was first discovered in 1997 by someone using the alias "m3lt", and has resurfaced many years later in operating systems such as Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP SP2.


  1. land

    Land refers to the solid surface of the Earth, including the soil, rocks, minerals, and natural resources that are found on it. It is a non-renewable resource that serves as a fundamental component of the planet's ecosystems and provides a foundation for various human activities such as agriculture, housing, and infrastructure development. Land can be owned, used, and managed by individuals, communities, or governments for various purposes, and it holds economic, environmental, and social significance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Landnoun

    urine. See Lant

  2. Landnoun

    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

  3. Landnoun

    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

  4. Landnoun

    ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, wet land; good or bad land

  5. Landnoun

    the inhabitants of a nation or people

  6. Landnoun

    the mainland, in distinction from islands

  7. Landnoun

    the ground or floor

  8. Landnoun

    the ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing

  9. Landnoun

    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

  10. Landnoun

    the lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; -- called also landing

  11. Landnoun

    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

  12. Landverb

    to set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark

  13. Landverb

    to catch and bring to shore; to capture; as, to land a fish

  14. Landverb

    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

  15. Landverb

    to go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark; to come to the end of a course

  16. Etymology: [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land. ]


  1. LAND

    A LAND attack is a DoS attack that consists of sending a special poison spoofed packet to a computer, causing it to lock up. The security flaw was actually first discovered in 1997 by someone using the alias "m3lt", and has resurfaced many years later in operating systems such as Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP SP2.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Land

    land, n. earth, the solid portion of the surface of the globe: a country: a district: soil: real estate: a nation or people: (Scot.) a group of dwellings or tenements under one roof and having a common entry.—v.t. to set on land or on shore.—v.i. to come on land or on shore.—ns. Land′-ā′gent, a person employed by the owner of an estate to let farms, collect rents, &c.; Land′-breeze, a breeze setting from the land towards the sea; Land′-crab, a family of crabs which live much or chiefly on land.—v.t. Land′damn (Shak.), to banish from the land.—adj. Land′ed, possessing land or estates: consisting in land or real estate.—ns. Land′er, one who lands; Land′fall, a landslip: an approach to land after a voyage, also the land so approached; Land′-fish (Shak.), a fish on land, any one acting contrary to his usual character; Land′-flood, a flooding or overflowing of land by water: inundation; Land′force, a military force serving on land, as distinguished from a naval force; Land′-grab′ber, one who acquires land by harsh and grasping means: one who is eager to occupy land from which others have been evicted; Land′-grab′bing, the act of the land-grabber; Land′-herd, a herd of animals which feed on land; Land′-hold′er, a holder or proprietor of land; Land′-hung′er, greed for the acquisition of land; Land′ing, act of going on land from a vessel: a place for getting on shore: the level part of a staircase between the flights of steps.—adj. relating to the unloading of a vessel's cargo.—ns. Land′ing-net, a kind of scoop-net for landing a fish that has been caught; Land′ing-place, a place for landing, as from a vessel; Land′ing-stage, a platform for landing passengers or goods carried by water, often rising and falling with the tide; Land′-job′ber, a speculator in land; Land′-job′bing; Land′lady, a woman who has property in land or houses: the mistress of an inn or lodging-house.—adj. Land′less (Shak.), without land or property.—v.t. Land′lock, to enclose by land.—-adj. Land′-locked, almost shut in by land, protected by surrounding masses of land from the force of wind and waves.—ns. Land′lord, the owner of land or houses: the master of an inn or lodging-house; Land′lordism, the authority or united action of the landholding class; Land′-lubb′er, a landsman (a term used by sailors); Land′mark, anything serving to mark the boundaries of land: any object on land that serves as a guide to seamen: any distinguishing characteristic; Land′-meas′ure, a system of square measure used in the measurement of land; Land′-meas′uring, the art of estimating the superficial content of portions of land; Land′-own′er, one who owns land; Land′-own′ership.—adj. Land′-own′ing.—ns. Land′-pī′lot, (Milt.), a guide on land; Land′-pī′rate, a highway robber: a fellow who makes a practice of swindling sailors in port; Land′rail, the crake or corncrake, so named from its cry; Land′-rak′er (Shak.), a vagabond; Land′-reeve, the assistant to the land-steward of a great estate; Land′-roll, a clod-crusher; Land′-scrip (U.S.), negotiable government certificate entitling to possession of certain public land by individuals or corporate bodies; Land′-shark, a land-grabber: one who plunders sailors on shore; Land′skip (same as Landscape); Land′slide, Land′slip, a portion of land that falls down, generally from the side of a hill, usually due to the undermining effect of water; Lands′man, Land′man, one who lives or serves on land: one inexperienced in seafaring; Land′-spring, water lying near the surface, easily drawn upon by shallow wells; Land′-stew′ard, a person who manages a landed estate; Land′-survey′ing (see Surveying); Land′-tax, a tax upon land; Land′-turn, a land-breeze; Land′-wait′er, a custom-house officer who attends on the landing of goods from ships.—adv. Land′ward, toward the land.—adj. lying toward the land, away from the sea-coast: situated in or forming part of the country, as opposed to the town: rural.—n. Land′wind, a wind blowing off the land.—Land League, an association founded in Ireland by Michael Davitt in 1879, and organised by C. S. Parnell, to procure reduction and rearrangement of rents, and to promote the substitution of peasant-proprietors for landlords—condemned as an illegal conspiracy in 1881; Landed interest, the combined interest of the land-holding class in a community.—Make the land, to discover the land as the ship approaches it; Set the land, to observe by the compass how the shore bears from the ship. [A.S. land; Dut., Ger. land.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. land

    In a general sense denotes terra firma, as distinguished from sea; but, also, land-laid, or to lay the land, is just to lose sight of it.--Land-locked is when land lies all round the ship.--Land is shut in, signifies that another point of land hides that from which the ship came.--The ship lies land to, implies so far from shore that it can only just be discerned.--To set the land, is to see by compass how it bears.--To make the land. To sight it after an absence.--To land on deck. A nautical anomaly, meaning to lower casks or weighty goods on deck from the tackles.

Editors Contribution

  1. land

    A form of surface of the earth.

    If you are blessed enough to have land you will always be inspired to create a house.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

  2. land

    The act and process of an aircraft to use its wheels to connect with the runway

    Aircraft have specialized ways of landing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  3. landverb

    To descend in an aircraft or vehicle after travelling somewhere.

    After a long time of flying, I finally landed.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

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  1. LAND

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LAND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Land is ranked #1704 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Land surname appeared 21,116 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Land.

    82.2% or 17,370 total occurrences were White.
    11.8% or 2,502 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 555 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 416 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 139 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 133 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'land' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #517

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'land' in Written Corpus Frequency: #523

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'land' in Nouns Frequency: #171

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'land' in Verbs Frequency: #492

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of land in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of land in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of land in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    They say,' Donald Trump said Putin's smart.' I mean, he's taking over a country for two dollars' worth of sanctions. I'd say that's pretty smart. He's taking over a country — really a vast, vast location, a great piece of land with a lot of people, and just walking right in.

  2. Henry Cuellar:

    This land gave my family a chance, that’s why I ’ll never stop fighting for South Texas.

  3. Prince Charles:

    Since the beginning of the 1980s, when I first had responsibility for managing some land in my own right at Highgrove, I have wanted to focus on an approach to food production that avoids the impact of the predominant, conventional system of industrialized agriculture, which, it is increasingly clear to see, is having a disastrous effect on soil fertility, biodiversity and animal and human health.

  4. Umer Raffat:

    They need to land Perrigo. If they do land Perrigo they'll have better capacity to do more deals.

  5. Abiy Ahmed:

    Our operation aims to end the impunity that has prevailed for far too long and hold accountable individuals and groups under the laws of the land.

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