land

Use the noun land to talk about the solid ground under your feet. It's nice to put your feet on dry land after a long trip in a sailboat.

People who are afraid of flying are usually overjoyed to land on the land after hours in the sky — land is also a verb meaning "to settle down on the ground." You can use the word land, as well, to describe a government or ruler's territory: "He rules over the land between those mountains and the rocky coast." The words for land are the same in English, German, and Dutch, as the root is the Germanic landom.

Primary Meanings of land

1.
nv
the solid part of the earth's surface
cause to come to the ground
2.
n
a domain in which something is dominant
3.
n
the people who live in a nation or country
4.
v
bring into a different state
5.
v
deliver (a blow)
Full Definitions of land
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n the solid part of the earth's surface

“the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
Synonyms:
dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firma
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America
North America and South America and Central America
Continent
the European mainland
Asia Minor
a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey
Anguilla
a British colony in the West Indies
Aran Islands
three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay
Antigua
the largest of the islands comprising Antigua and Barbuda
Barbuda
an island in Antigua and Barbuda
Redonda
an island in Antigua and Barbuda
Bermudas
a group of islands in the Atlantic off the Carolina coast; British colony; a popular resort
Bouvet Island
an island belonging to Norway in the South Atlantic near the Antarctic Circle
Montserrat
a volcanic island in the Caribbean; in the West Indies
Balkan Peninsula
a large peninsula in southeastern Europe containing the Balkan Mountain Range
Cape Verde Islands
a group of islands in the Atlantic off of the coast of Senegal
Sao Tiago Island
largest of the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean
Falkland Islands
a group of over 100 islands in the southern Atlantic off the coast of Argentina; a British Crown Colony
Ceylon
an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India
Chiloe
the largest Chilean island and the only one to be settled; located off south-central Chile
Tierra del Fuego
an archipelago off southern South America; separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan; islands are administered by Chile and by Argentina
Cape Horn
a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
Formosa
an island in southeastern Asia 100 miles off the coast of mainland China in the South China Sea
Nationalist China
a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong
Indochinese peninsula
a peninsula of southeastern Asia that includes Myanmar and Cambodia and Laos and Malaysia and Thailand and Vietnam
Comoro Islands
three main islands and numerous islets in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar
Central America
the isthmus joining North America and South America; extends from the southern border of Mexico to the northern border of Colombia
Yucatan Peninsula
a peninsula in Central America extending into the Gulf of Mexico between the Bay of Campeche and the Caribbean Sea
Guadalupe Island
a Mexican island in the Pacific to the west of Baja California
West Indies
the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
Antilles
a group of islands in the West Indies
Greater Antilles
a group of islands in the western West Indies
Lesser Antilles
a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies
Netherlands Antilles
a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles just to the north of Venezuela that are administered by The Netherlands
Aruba
a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
Bonaire
a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
Curacao
a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
Saba
a island in the Netherlands Antilles that is the top of an extinct volcano
Saint Eustatius
an island in the Netherlands Antilles
Leeward Islands
a group of islands in the eastern West Indies
Saint Maarten
an island in the western Leeward Islands; administered jointly by France and the Netherlands
Windward Islands
a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies; the southern part of the Lesser Antilles
Cuba
the largest island in the West Indies
Guadeloupe
an island territory of France located in the eastern West Indies; tourism is the major industry
Hispaniola
an island in the West Indies
Puerto Rico
the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
Culebra
a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico with miles of beautiful beaches
Vieques
a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico used for target practice by the United States Navy
Jamaica
an island in the West Indies to the south of Cuba and to the west of Haiti
Virgin Islands
a group of islands in northeastern West Indies (east of Puerto Rico) discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493; owned by United States and Britain
Barbados
easternmost of the West Indies about 300 miles to the north of Venezuela
Trinidad
an island in West Indies just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela
Tobago
island in West Indies
Cyprus
an island in the eastern Mediterranean
Scandinavian Peninsula
the peninsula in northern Europe occupied by Norway and Sweden
Jutland
peninsula in northern Europe that forms the continental part of Denmark and a northern part of Germany
Sjaelland
the largest island of Denmark and the site of Copenhagen
Dominica
a volcanic island in the Windward Islands that was once a stronghold of the Carib Indians
Bioko
an island in the Gulf of Guinea that is part of Equatorial Guinea
Svalbard
a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
Spitsbergen
islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland; belonging to Norway
Lofoten
a string of islands off the northwestern coast of Norway in the Norwegian Sea
Lindesnes
a cape at the southern tip of Norway
Galapagos Islands
a group of islands in the Pacific off South America; owned by Ecuador; known for unusual animal life
Fiji Islands
a group of more than 800 islands (100 inhabited) in the southwestern Pacific; larger islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) are of volcanic origin surrounded by coral reefs; smaller islands are coral
Viti Levu
a volcanic island in the Fijis
Vanua Levu
a volcanic island in the Fijis
Aaland islands
an archipelago of some 6,000 islands in the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish control
Aegina
an island in the Aegean Sea in the Saronic Gulf
Chios
an island in the Aegean Sea off the west coast of Turkey; belongs to Greece
Kikladhes
a group of over 200 islands in the southern Aegean
Dhodhekanisos
a group of islands in the southeast Aegean Sea
Mytilene
an island of eastern Greece in the eastern Aegean Sea; in antiquity it was famous for lyric poetry
Rhodes
a Greek island in the southeast Aegean Sea 10 miles off the Turkish coast; the largest of the Dodecanese; it was colonized before 1000 BC by Dorians from Argos; site of the Colossus of Rhodes
Crete
the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean; site of the Minoan civilization that reached its peak in 1600 BC
Ithaca
a Greek island to the west of Greece; in Homeric legend Odysseus was its king
Aegadean Islands
a group of islands off the west coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean
Peloponnesian Peninsula
the southern peninsula of Greece; dominated by Sparta until the 4th century BC
Lemnos
a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea; famous for a reddish-brown clay that has medicinal properties
Olympia
a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese; the chief sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympian Games
Italian Peninsula
a boot-shaped peninsula in southern Europe extending into the Mediterranean Sea
Capri
an island (part of Campania) in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy; a tourist attraction noted for beautiful scenery
Ischia
a volcanic island (part of Campania) in the Tyrrhenian Sea at the north end of the Bay of Naples
Sardegna
an island in the Mediterranean to the west of Italy
Sicilia
the largest island in the Mediterranean
Cape Passero
a cape that forms the southeastern corner of the island of Sicily
Kalaallit Nunaat
the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean; a self-governing province of Denmark
Baffin Island
the 5th largest island and the largest island of Arctic Canada; lies between Greenland and Hudson Bay
Vancouver Island
an island off southwestern Canada (off the southwestern coast of British Columbia); the largest island off the west coast of North America
Newfoundland
an island in the north Atlantic
Arctic Archipelago
all the islands that lie to the north of mainland Canada and the Arctic Circle
Cape Breton Island
an island that forms the northeastern part of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
a peninsula in eastern Canada between the Bay of Fundy and the Saint Lawrence River
Tasmania
an island off the southeastern coast of Australia
Norfolk Island
an island territory of Australia in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Australia; formerly a British penal colony
Nullarbor Plain
a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited; the site of a major rocket research center
Aleutian Islands
an archipelago in the North Pacific extending southwest from Alaska
Oceanica
a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
Australasia
Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific
Austronesia
islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Melanesia
the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Micronesia
the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Ladrone Islands
a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521
Saipan
the largest island in the Northern Marianas and the administrative center of the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in union with the United States
Guam
the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas which is administered as a territory of the United States; it was ceded by Spain to the United States in 1898
Wake Island
an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
Caroline Islands
a long archipelago of more than 500 islands in Micronesia to the east of the Philippines
Marshall Islands
a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
Gilbert Islands
a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
Ellice Islands
a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii
Pleasant Island
a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands
Polynesia
the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Malay Archipelago
a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia
Sunda Islands
a chain of islands in the western Malay Archipelago
Greater Sunda Islands
a chain of islands including Borneo and Celebes and Java and Sumatra
Lesser Sunda Islands
a chain of islands forming a province of Indonesia to the east of Java; includes Bali and Timor
Bismarck Archipelago
a group of islands in the southwestern Pacific to the northeast of New Guinea; part of Papua New Guinea
Admiralty Islands
a group of islands in the Bismarck Archipelago
Kalimantan
3rd largest island in the world; in the western Pacific to the north of Java; largely covered by dense jungle and rain forest; part of the Malay Archipelago
Bougainville
the largest of the Solomon Islands; a province of Papua New Guinea
Guadalcanal
a mountainous island; the largest of the Solomon Islands in the independent state that is a member of the British Commonwealth
New Britain
the largest island in the Bismarck Archipelago; part of Papua New Guinea
New Caledonia
an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand
New Guinea
a Pacific island to the north of Australia; the 2nd largest island in the world; the western part is governed by Indonesia and the eastern part is Papua New Guinea
New Ireland
an island in the Bismarck Archipelago; part of Papua New Guinea
Arabian Peninsula
a peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf; strategically important for its oil resources
Bahrain Island
an island in the Persian Gulf
British Isles
Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
Great Britain
an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
Emerald Isle
an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Marston Moor
a former moor in northern England
Channel Island
any of a group of British islands in the English Channel off the northern coast of France
Isles of Scilly
an archipelago of small islands off the southwestern coast of England near the entrance to the English Channel; formerly a haven for smugglers and pirates
Isle of Man
one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
Hebridean Islands
a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland
Inner Hebrides
islands between the Outer Hebrides and the western coast of Scotland
Isle of Skye
an island of northwestern Scotland noted for its rugged mountain scenery
Islay
an island of western Scotland at the southern end of the Inner Hebrides
Mull
an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides
Staffa
an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides to the west of Mull; site of Fingal's Cave
Outer Hebrides
a 130-mile long archipelago to the northwest of Scotland
Anglesea Island
an island to the northwest of Wales
Sinai Peninsula
a peninsula in northeastern Egypt; at north end of Red Sea
Java
an island in Indonesia to the south of Borneo; one of the world's most densely populated regions
Bali
an island in Indonesia to the east of Java; striking volcanic scenery; culture is known for elaborate dances and rituals and for handicrafts
Timor
an island in Indonesia in the Malay Archipelago; the largest and most eastern of the Lesser Sunda Islands
Sumatra
a mountainous island in western Indonesia
Sulawesi
a mountainous island in eastern Indonesia
Spice Islands
a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea; settled by the Portuguese but taken by the Dutch who made them the center for a spice monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands
Japanese Archipelago
a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
Hokkaido
the second largest of the four main islands of Japan; to the north of Honshu
Honshu
the central and largest of the four main islands of Japan; between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean; regarded as the Japanese mainland
Kyushu
the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan; contains coal fields
Shikoku
the smallest of the four main islands of Japan; to the south of Honshu and to the east of Kyushu; separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea; forested and mountainous
Okinawa
the largest island of the central Ryukyu Islands
Ryukyu Islands
a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972)
Volcano Islands
a group of Japanese Islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of the Marianas
Iwo Jima
the largest of the Volcano Islands of Japan
Ile-St-Louis
island in Paris on the Seine
Corsica
an island in the Mediterranean; with adjacent islets it constitutes a region of France
Martinique
an island in the eastern Caribbean in the Windward Islands; administered as an overseas region of France
Frisian Islands
a chain of islands in the North Sea off the coast of northwestern Europe extending from the IJsselmeer to Jutland
Faeroe Islands
a group of 21 volcanic islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and the Shetland Islands
Iceland
a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle
Orkney Islands
an archipelago of about 70 islands in the North Atlantic and North Sea off the northeastern coast of Scotland
Shetland Islands
an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland
Dae-Han-Min-Gook
an Asian peninsula (off Manchuria) separating the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan; the Korean name is Dae-Han-Min-Gook or Han-Gook
Madagascar
an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world
Malay Peninsula
a peninsula in southeastern Asia occupied by parts of Malaysia and Thailand and Myanmar
Maldive Islands
a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean
Malta
a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea
Mauritius
an island in the southwestern Indian Ocean
New Zealand Islands
North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
North Island
the smaller but more populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from South Island by Cook Strait
South Island
the larger but less populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from North Island by Cook Strait
Palau Islands
a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean
Philippine Islands
an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
Cebu
one of the Visayan islands of the central Philippines; important for its fine harbor
Luzon
the main island of the Philippines
Mindanao
the second largest island of the Philippines at the southern end of the archipelago; mountainous and volcanic
Mindoro
a mountainous island in the central Philippines
Visayan Islands
group of islands in the central Philippines
Iberian Peninsula
a peninsula in southwestern Europe
Acores
islands in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Portugal
Madeira
an island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa; the largest of the Madeira Islands
Madeira Islands
a group of volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Morocco; the group forms an autonomous region of Portugal
Katar Peninsula
a peninsula extending northward from the Arabian mainland into the Persian Gulf
Saint Christopher
the largest of the islands comprising Saint Christopher-Nevis
Nevis
one of the islands of Saint Christopher-Nevis
Sombrero
one of the islands of Saint Christopher-Nevis
Saint Lucia
a volcanic island in the Windward Isles to the south of Martinique
Saint Vincent
an island in the center of the Windward Islands; the largest of the islands comprising Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Tahiti
an island in the south Pacific; the most important island in French Polynesia; made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Gauguin
Society Islands
an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the east of Samoa
Paumotu Archipelago
a group of about 80 coral islands in French Polynesia
Austral Islands
a chain of small islands in French Polynesia
Gambier Islands
a group of islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
Marquesas Islands
a group of volcanic islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
Samoan Islands
a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific midway between Hawaii and Australia; its climate and scenery and Polynesian culture make it a popular tourist stop
Principe
an island in the Gulf of Guinea that is part of Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles islands
a group of about 90 islands in the western Indian Ocean to the north of Madagascar
Singapore Island
an island to the south of the Malay Peninsula
Solomon Islands
the northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea; the remainder form an independent state within the British Commonwealth
Somali peninsula
a peninsula of northeastern Africa (the easternmost part of Africa) comprising Somalia and Djibouti and Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia
Cape of Good Hope
a point of land in southwestern South Africa (south of Cape Town)
Novaya Zemlya
two islands in the Arctic Ocean belonging to Russia; site of a test center for nuclear warheads
Kola Peninsula
a peninsula in northwestern Russia projecting eastward between the Barents Sea and the White Sea
Crimea
a Ukrainian peninsula between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov
Kamchatka Peninsula
a peninsula in eastern Siberia; between Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk
Taimyr Peninsula
a peninsula in northern Siberia
Balearic Islands
an archipelago in the western Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain
Majorca
the largest of the Balearic Islands
Canary Islands
a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa forming Spanish provinces
Tenerife
a Spanish island in the Atlantic off the northwestern coast of Africa; the largest of the Canary Islands
Zanzibar
an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa; part of the United Republic of Tanzania
Serengeti Plain
a vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife
Seward Peninsula
a peninsula in western Alaska that projects westward into the Bering Sea just below the Arctic Circle
Alexander Archipelago
a group of islands off southeastern Alaska
Admiralty Island
an Alaskan island in the Alexander Archipelago near Juneau
Catalina Island
an island resort in the Pacific off the southwestern coast of California
Hawaiian Islands
a group of volcanic and coral islands in the central Pacific
Hawaii Island
the largest and southernmost of the Hawaii islands; has several volcanic peaks
Kahoolawe Island
an island of south-central Hawaii
Kauai Island
an island of Hawaii to the northwest of Oahu
Lanai Island
an island of central Hawaii; a pineapple-growing area
Maui Island
the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands
Molokai Island
an island of central Hawaii (between Maui and Oahu)
Nihau Island
the most northwestern Hawaiian island (beyond Kauai)
Oahu Island
an island of central Hawaii (between Molokai and Kauai); the chief island of the state
Cape Ann
a Massachusetts peninsula to the north of Boston extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Cod
a Massachusetts peninsula to the south of Boston extending into the Atlantic; a popular resort area
Martha's Vineyard
an island summer resort off of Cape Cod
Nantucket
an island resort off Cape Cod; formerly a center of the whaling industry
Cape May
a cape of southeast New Jersey extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Bedloe's Island
an island in New York Bay to the southwest of Manhattan where the Statue of Liberty stands
Manhattan Island
an island at the north end of New York Bay where the borough of Manhattan is located
Ellis Island
an island in New York Bay that was formerly the principal immigration station for the United States
Long Island
an island in southeastern New York; Brooklyn and Queens are on its western end
Cape Fear
a cape in southeastern North Carolina extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Flattery
a cape of northwestern Washington
Cape Froward
a cape on the Strait of Magellan in southern Chile; the most southern point on the mainland of South America
Cape Hatteras
a promontory on Hatteras Island off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina
Hatteras Island
a barrier island running parallel to the North Carolina shore
Galveston Island
an island at the entrance of Galveston Bay
Krakatao
a small volcanic island in Indonesia between Java and Sumatra; its violent eruption in 1883 was the greatest in recorded history
New Siberian Islands
a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean to the north of Siberia and to the east of the Laptev Sea
Africa
the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Alaska Peninsula
a peninsula of southwestern Alaska (a continuation of the Aleutian Islands)
Antarctic continent
an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep
Antarctic Peninsula
a large peninsula of Antarctica that extends some 1200 miles north toward South America; separates the Weddell Sea from the South Pacific
Asia
the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
Australia
the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
Black Forest
a hilly forest region in southwestern Germany
Cape Sable
a cape at the southwest tip of Florida; the southernmost part of the United States mainland
Cape Trafalgar
a small cape in southwestern Spain
Cape York
the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula at the Torres Strait; the northernmost point of the Australian mainland
Cape York Peninsula
a peninsula in Queensland in northeastern Australia between the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Coral Sea
Chukchi Peninsula
peninsula of northeastern Siberia across the Bering Strait from northwestern Alaska
Eurasia
the land mass formed by the continents of Europe and Asia
Europe
the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
Eyre Peninsula
a peninsula of southern Australia
Gondwanaland
a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica
Hoek van Holland
a cape on the southwestern coast of the Netherlands near Rotterdam
islet
a small island
Isthmus of Corinth
a narrow isthmus between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf; a canal crosses the isthmus so that navigation is possible between the gulfs
Isthmus of Kra
a narrow isthmus linking the Malay Peninsula to the Asian mainland
Isthmus of Darien
the isthmus that connects Central America and South America; was formerly called the Isthmus of Darien
Isthmus of Suez
the isthmus in northeastern Egypt that connects Africa and Asia
Isthmus of Tehuantepec
the narrowest part of southern Mexico is an isthmus between the Bay of Campeche on the north coast and the Gulf of Tehuantepec on the south coast
Karelian Isthmus
the isthmus between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga that connects Finland and Russia
Kodiak Island
an island off southern Alaska in the Gulf of Alaska; site of the first European settlement in the area which was founded by the Russians in 1784
Labrador-Ungava Peninsula
a peninsular region of eastern Canada between Hudson Bay and the Labrador Sea; contains most of Quebec and the mainland part of Newfoundland and Labrador
Laurasia
a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into North America and Europe and Asia
Liaodong Peninsula
a peninsula in northeastern China that extends into the Yellow Sea, between Bo Hai and Korea Bay
Lower California
a mountainous peninsula on northwest Mexico
Lower Peninsula
the part of northern Michigan between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron
North America
a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
Pangaea
(plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland
Sherwood Forest
an ancient forest in central England; formerly a royal hunting ground; said to be the home of Robin Hood and his merry band
Skagens Odde
a cape on the northernmost tip of Jutland between the Skagerrak and the Kattegatt
South America
a continent in the western hemisphere connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama
Upper Peninsula
the peninsula between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan that forms the northwestern part of Michigan
Wilderness
a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
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archipelago
a group of many islands in a large body of water
beachfront
a strip of land running along a beach
cape, ness
a strip of land projecting into a body of water
coastal plain
a plain adjacent to a coast
floor
the ground on which people and animals move about
foreland
land forming the forward margin of something
forest, timber, timberland, woodland
land that is covered with trees and shrubs
island
a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
isthmus
a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
land mass, landmass
a large continuous extent of land
mainland
the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula
neck
a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
oxbow
the land inside an oxbow bend in a river
peninsula
a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
champaign, field, plain
extensive tract of level open land
slash
an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
wonderland
a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
Caribbean Island
an island in the Caribbean Sea
Aegean island
an island in the Aegean Sea
barrier island
a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore
continent
one of the large landmasses of the earth
flat
a level tract of land
flood plain, floodplain
a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
greenwood
woodlands in full leaf
llano
an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)
moor, moorland
open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
peneplain, peneplane
a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
riparian forest
woodlands along the banks of stream or river
silva, sylva
the forest trees growing in a country or region
snowfield
a permanent wide expanse of snow
South Sea Islands
any islands in the southern or southwestern of central parts of the Pacific Ocean
spit, tongue
a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
steppe
extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)
subcontinent
a large and distinctive landmass (as India or Greenland) that is a distinct part of some continent
tidewater
low-lying coastal land drained by tidal streams
tree farm
a forest (or part of a forest) where trees are grown for commercial use
tundra
a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

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)

“the land had never been plowed”
Synonyms:
ground, soil
Examples:
Bad Lands
an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska
Everglades
a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife
Okefenokee Swamp
a large swampy area of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia
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badlands
deeply eroded barren land
bottom, bottomland
low-lying alluvial land near a river
coastland
land in a coastal area
cultivated land, farmland, ploughland, plowland, tillage, tilled land, tilth
arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops
overburden
the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
permafrost
ground that is permanently frozen
polder
low-lying land that has been reclaimed and is protected by dikes (especially in the Netherlands)
rangeland
land suitable for grazing livestock
scablands
(geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
greensward, sod, sward, turf
surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
wetland
a low area where the land is saturated with water
bog, peat bog
wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
divot
a piece of turf dug out of a lawn or fairway (by an animals hooves or a golf club)
fallow
cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
fen, fenland, marsh, marshland
low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
swamp, swampland
low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n the land on which real estate is located

“he built the house on land leased from the city”
Types:
farmstead
the buildings and adjacent grounds of a farm
homestead
the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
no man's land
land that is unowned and uninhabited (and usually undesirable)
Type of:
immovable, real estate, real property, realty
property consisting of houses and land

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

Synonyms:
acres, demesne, estate, landed estate
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freehold
an estate held in fee simple or for life
glebe
plot of land belonging to an English parish church or an ecclesiastical office
leasehold
land or property held under a lease
smallholding
a piece of land under 50 acres that is sold or let to someone for cultivation
homestead
land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
feoff, fief
a piece of land held under the feudal system
barony
the estate of a baron
countryseat
an estate in the country
Crown land
land that belongs to the Crown
manor
the landed estate of a lord (including the house on it)
seigneury, seigniory, signory
the estate of a seigneur
hacienda
a large estate in Spanish-speaking countries
plantation
an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)
entail
land received by fee tail
orangery
a place where oranges are grown; a plantation of orange trees in warm climes or a greenhouse in cooler areas
Type of:
immovable, real estate, real property, realty
property consisting of houses and land

n agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life

“there's no work on the land any more”
Synonyms:
farming
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

v cause to come to the ground

“the pilot managed to land the airplane safely”
Synonyms:
bring down, put down
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

v shoot at and force to come down

“the enemy landed several of our aircraft”
Synonyms:
down, shoot down

v reach or come to rest

“The bird landed on the highest branch”
“The plane landed in Istanbul”
Synonyms:
set down
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alight, light, perch
to come to rest, settle
force-land
make a forced landing
beach
land on a beach
port
land at or reach a port
debark, disembark, set down
go ashore
touch down
come or bring (a plane) to a landing
undershoot
fall short of (the runway) in a landing
belly-land
land on the underside without the landing gear
crash land
make an emergency landing
ditch
make an emergency landing on water
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

v arrive on shore

“The ship landed in Pearl Harbor”
Synonyms:
set ashore, shore
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

v bring ashore

“The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island”
Types:
ground, run aground, strand
bring to the ground
strand
drive (a vessel) ashore
Type of:
bring, convey, take
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
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n a domain in which something is dominant

“a land of make-believe”
Synonyms:
kingdom, realm
Types:
lotus land, lotusland
an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
Type of:
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life

n the territory occupied by a nation

“he returned to the land of his birth”
Synonyms:
country, state
Examples:
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Antigua and Barbuda
a country in the northern Leeward Islands
Republic of Cape Verde
an island country in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros
a country on the Comoro Islands
Republic of Cuba
a communist state in the Caribbean on the island of Cuba
Republic of Haiti
a republic in the West Indies on the western part of the island of Hispaniola; achieved independence from France in 1804; the poorest and most illiterate nation in the western hemisphere
Dominican Republic
a republic in the West Indies; located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola
Jamaica
a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism
Barbados
a parliamentary democracy on the island of Barbados; former British colony; a popular resort area
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
an island republic in the West Indies off the northeastern coast of Venezuela; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
Republic of Cyprus
a country on the island of Cyprus; 80% of the people are of Greek origin and 20% or Turkish origin
Commonwealth of Dominica
a country on the island of Dominica
East Timor
a former Portuguese colony that was annexed by Indonesia in 1976; voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999 and in May 2002 became an independent nation
Republic of Fiji
an independent state within the British Commonwealth located on the Fiji Islands
State of Israel
Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
Etruria
an ancient country in central Italy; assimilated by the Romans by about 200 BC
Commonwealth of Australia
a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
Federated States of Micronesia
a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Republic of the Marshall Islands
a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands
Tuvalu
a small island republic on the Tuvalu islands; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it withdrew in 1975 and became independent of the United Kingdom in 1978
Republic of Kiribati
an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
Republic of Nauru
an island republic on Nauru Island; phosphate exports support the economy
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort
Burkina Faso
a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960
Republic of Indonesia
a republic in southeastern Asia on an archipelago including more than 13,000 islands; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1945; the principal oil producer in the Far East and Pacific regions
Grenada
an island state in the West Indies in the southeastern Caribbean Sea; an independent state within the British Commonwealth
Republic of Maldives
a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
Republic of Malta
a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Republic of Mauritius
a parliamentary state on the island of Mauritius
New Zealand
an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
Republic of Palau
a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States
Republic of the Philippines
a republic on the Philippine Islands; achieved independence from the United States in 1946
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
a country on several of the Leeward Islands; located to the east southeast of Puerto Rico; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
Saint Lucia
a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
an island country in the central Windward Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
Independent State of Samoa
a constitutional monarchy on the western part of the islands of Samoa in the South Pacific
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
island nation in the South Atlantic off the west coast of Africa; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975; has enormous offshore oil reserves
Republic of Seychelles
a republic on the Seychelles islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1976
Solomon Islands
the southern Solomon Islands that since 1978 form an independent state in the British Commonwealth
Rus
the medieval Russian state established by Scandinavian traders in the 9th century; the capital was first in Novgorod and then in Kiev
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
Russian Federation
a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state
Ukrayina
a republic in southeastern Europe; formerly a European soviet; the center of the original Russian state which came into existence in the ninth century
Turkmenistan
a republic in Asia to the east of the Caspian Sea and to the south of Kazakhstan and to the north of Iran; an Asian soviet from 1925 to 1991
Friendly Islands
a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
Republic of Turkey
a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923
Republic of Vanuatu
a volcanic island republic in Melanesia; independent since 1980
Balkans
the Balkan countries collectively
Republic of Namibia
a republic in southwestern Africa on the south Atlantic coast (formerly called South West Africa); achieved independence from South Africa in 1990; the greater part of Namibia forms part of the high Namibian plateau of South Africa
Islamic State of Afghanistan
a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south
Republic of Albania
a republic in southeastern Europe on the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula
Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria
a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
Republic of Angola
a republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975 and was the scene of civil war until 1990
Argentine Republic
a republic in southern South America; second largest country in South America
Republic of Bulgaria
a republic in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe
Union of Burma
a mountainous republic in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal
Republic of Burundi
a landlocked republic in east central Africa on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika
Kingdom of Cambodia
a nation in southeastern Asia; was part of Indochina under French rule until 1946
Republic of Cameroon
a republic on the western coast of central Africa; was under French and British control until 1960
Central African Republic
a landlocked country in central Africa; formerly under French control; became independent in 1960
Republic of Chad
a landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa; was under French control until 1960
Republic of Chile
a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast
People's Republic of China
a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
Republic of Colombia
a republic in northwestern South America with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; achieved independence from Spain in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar; Spanish is the official language
Republic of the Congo
a republic in west-central Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960
Democratic Republic of the Congo
a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
Republic of Costa Rica
a republic in Central America; one of the most politically stable countries in Latin America
Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
a republic in western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; one of the most prosperous and politically stable countries in Africa
Republic of Guatemala
a republic in Central America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; noted for low per capita income and illiteracy; politically unstable
British Honduras
a country on the northeastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean; formerly under British control
Republic of Honduras
a republic in Central America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; an early center of Mayan culture
Republic of El Salvador
a republic on the Pacific coast of Central America
Republic of Nicaragua
a republic in Central America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821
Republic of Panama
a republic on the Isthmus of Panama; achieved independence from Colombia in 1903
United Mexican States
a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
Czech Republic
a landlocked republic in central Europe; separated from Slovakia in 1993
Slovak Republic
a landlocked republic in central Europe; separated from the Czech Republic in 1993
Republic of Benin
a country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control
Togolese Republic
a republic on the western coast of Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; formerly under French control
Kingdom of Denmark
a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe; consists of the mainland of Jutland and many islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea
Republic of Djibouti
a country in northeastern Africa on the Somali peninsula; formerly under French control but became independent in 1997
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
a country of west central Africa (including islands in the Gulf of Guinea); became independent from Spain in 1968
Kingdom of Norway
a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905
Kingdom of Sweden
a Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula
Federal Republic of Germany
a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
German Democratic Republic
a republic in north central Europe on the Baltic; established by the Soviet Union in 1954; reunified with West Germany in 1990
Federal Republic of Germany
a republic in north central Europe on the North Sea; established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British and French and Americans after the German defeat; reunified with East Germany in 1990
Republic of Ecuador
a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes
State of Eritrea
an African country to the north of Ethiopia on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; formerly called Abyssinia
Republic of Finland
republic in northern Europe; achieved independence from Russia in 1917
Hellenic Republic
a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
Israel
an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
Italian Republic
a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
Roumania
a republic in southeastern Europe with a short coastline on the Black Sea
Rwandese Republic
a landlocked republic in central Africa; formerly a German colony
Yugoslavia
a former country of southeastern Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea; formed in 1918 and named Yugoslavia in 1929; controlled by Marshal Tito as a communist state until his death in 1980
Republic of Croatia
a republic in the western Balkans in south-central Europe in the eastern Adriatic coastal area; formerly part of the Habsburg monarchy and Yugoslavia; became independent in 1991
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
a mountainous republic in southeastern Europe bordering on the Adriatic Sea; formed from two of the six republics that made up Yugoslavia until 1992; Serbia and Montenegro were known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 2003 when they adopted the name of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro
Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
a mountainous republic of south-central Europe; formerly part of the Ottoman Empire and then a part of Yugoslavia; voted for independence in 1992 but the mostly Serbian army of Yugoslavia refused to accept the vote and began ethnic cleansing in order to rid Bosnia of its Croats and Muslims
Republic of Slovenia
a mountainous republic in central Europe; formerly part of the Habsburg monarchy and Yugoslavia; achieved independence in 1991
Canada
a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada
Republic of Austria
a mountainous republic in central Europe; under the Habsburgs (1278-1918) Austria maintained control of the Holy Roman Empire and was a leader in European politics until the 19th century
State of Bahrain
an island country in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia; oil revenues funded progressive programs until reserves were exhausted in 1970s
People's Republic of Bangladesh
a Muslim republic in southern Asia bordered by India to the north and west and east and the Bay of Bengal to the south; formerly part of India and then part of Pakistan; it achieved independence in 1971
Flanders
a medieval country in northern Europe that included regions now parts of northern France and Belgium and southwestern Netherlands
Kingdom of Belgium
a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Kingdom of Bhutan
a landlocked principality in the Himalayas to the northeast of India
Republic of Botswana
a landlocked republic in south-central Africa that became independent from British control in the 1960s
Republic of Bolivia
a landlocked republic in central South America; Simon Bolivar founded Bolivia in 1825 after winning independence from Spain
Federative Republic of Brazil
the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
England
a division of the United Kingdom
Northern Ireland
a division of the United Kingdom located on the northern part of the island of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
Scotland
one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
Negara Brunei Darussalam
a sultanate in northwestern Borneo; became independent of Great Britain in 1984
Arab Republic of Egypt
a republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC
Republic of India
a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
Kingdom of Nepal
a small landlocked Asian country high in the Himalayas between India and China
Sitsang
an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
Islamic Republic of Iran
a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
Republic of Iraq
a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
Nippon
a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea
Republic of Kenya
a republic in eastern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1963; major archeological discoveries have been made in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya
State of Kuwait
an Arab kingdom in Asia on the northwestern coast of the Persian Gulf; a major source of petroleum
French Republic
a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Gabonese Republic
a republic on the west coast of Africa
Republic of The Gambia
a narrow republic surrounded by Senegal in West Africa
Republic of Ghana
a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea
Republic of Guinea
a republic in western Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958
Republic of Guinea-Bissau
a republic on the northwestern coast of Africa; recognized as independent by Portugal in 1974
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
a republic in northeastern South America; formerly part of the British Empire, but it achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Kingdom of The Netherlands
a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level
Republic of Hungary
a republic in central Europe
Republic of Iceland
an island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
a communist country in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula; established in 1948
Republic of Korea
a republic in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula; established in 1948
Lao People's Democratic Republic
a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949
Lebanese Republic
an Asian republic at east end of Mediterranean
Kingdom of Lesotho
a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Republic of Liberia
a republic in West Africa; established in 1822 by Americans as a way to free negro slaves
Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
a military dictatorship in northern Africa on the Mediterranean; consists almost entirely of desert; a major exporter of petroleum
Principality of Liechtenstein
a small landlocked principality (constitutional monarchy) in central Europe located in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
a grand duchy (a constitutional monarchy) landlocked in northwestern Europe between France and Belgium and Germany; an international financial center
Macedonia
landlocked republic on the Balkan Peninsula; achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
Republic of Madagascar
a republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960
Republic of Malawi
a landlocked republic in southern central Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Malaysia
a constitutional monarchy in southeastern Asia on Borneo and the Malay Peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
Republic of Mali
a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
a country in northwestern Africa with a provisional military government; achieved independence from France in 1960; largely western Sahara Desert
Principality of Monaco
a constitutional monarchy in a tiny enclave on the French Riviera
Mongolian People's Republic
a landlocked socialist republic in central Asia
Kingdom of Morocco
a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956
Republic of Mozambique
a republic on the southeastern coast of Africa on the Mozambique Channel; became independent from Portugal in 1975
Republic of Niger
a landlocked republic in West Africa; gained independence from France in 1960; most of the country is dominated by the Sahara Desert
Federal Republic of Nigeria
a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; gained independence from Britain in 1960; most populous African country
Sultanate of Oman
a strategically located monarchy on the southern and eastern coasts of the Arabian Peninsula; the economy is dominated by oil
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
Republic of Paraguay
a landlocked republic in south central South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1811
Republic of Peru
a republic in western South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; was the heart of the Inca empire from the 12th to 16th centuries
Republic of Poland
a republic in central Europe; the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 started World War II
Portuguese Republic
a republic in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; Portuguese explorers and colonists in the 15th and 16th centuries created a vast overseas empire (including Brazil)
State of Katar
an Arab country on the peninsula of Qatar; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1971; the economy is dominated by oil
Republic of San Marino
the smallest republic in the world; the oldest independent country in Europe (achieved independence in 301); located in the Apennines and completely surrounded by Italy
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
Republic of Senegal
a republic in northwestern Africa on the coast of the Atlantic; formerly a French colony but achieved independence in 1960
Republic of Sierra Leone
a republic in West Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1961
Republic of Singapore
a country in southeastern Asia on the island of Singapore; achieved independence from Malaysia in 1965
Somalia
a republic in extreme eastern Africa on the Somali peninsula; subject to tribal warfare
Republic of South Africa
a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
Republic of Belarus
a landlocked republic in eastern Europe; formerly a European soviet
Republic of Moldova
a landlocked republic in eastern Europe; formerly a European soviet but achieved independence in 1991
Republic of Armenia
a landlocked republic in southwestern Asia; formerly an Asian soviet; modern Armenia is but a fragment of ancient Armenia which was one of the world's oldest civilizations; throughout 2500 years the Armenian people have been invaded and oppressed by their neighbors
Azerbajdzhan Republic
a landlocked republic in southwestern Asia; formerly an Asian soviet
Sakartvelo
a republic in Asia Minor on the Black Sea separated from Russia by the Caucasus mountains; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Republic of Kazakhstan
a landlocked republic to the south of Russia and to the northeast of the Caspian Sea; the original Turkic-speaking inhabitants were overrun by Mongols in the 13th century; an Asian soviet from 1936 to 1991
Kyrgyz Republic
a landlocked republic in west central Asia bordering on northwestern China; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Republic of Tajikistan
a landlocked mountainous republic in southeast central Asia to the north of Afghanistan; formerly an Asian soviet
Republic of Uzbekistan
a landlocked republic in west central Asia; formerly an Asian soviet
Principality of Andorra
a small republic in the eastern Pyrenees between Spain and France
Kingdom of Spain
a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
Republic of the Sudan
a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956
Republic of Suriname
a republic in northeastern South America on the Atlantic; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1975
Kingdom of Swaziland
a landlocked monarchy in southeastern Africa; member of the commonwealth that achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1968
Swiss Confederation
a landlocked federal republic in central Europe
Syrian Arab Republic
an Asian republic in the Middle East at the east end of the Mediterranean; site of some of the world's most ancient centers of civilization
United Republic of Tanzania
a republic in eastern Africa
Kingdom of Thailand
a country of southeastern Asia that extends southward along the Isthmus of Kra to the Malay Peninsula
Republic of Tunisia
a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean coast; achieved independence from France in 1956
Republic of Uganda
a landlocked republic in eastern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
United Arab Emirates
a federation of seven Arab emirates on the eastern Arabian peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1971; rich in oil reserves
United States of America
North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Uruguay
a South American republic on the southeast coast of South America; achieved independence from Brazil in 1825
State of the Vatican City
the smallest sovereign state in the world; the see of the Pope (as the Bishop of Rome); home of the Pope and the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; achieved independence from Italy in 1929
Republic of Venezuela
a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945
North Vietnam
a former country in southeastern Asia that existed from 1954 (after the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu) until 1975 when South Vietnam collapsed at the end of the Vietnam War
South Vietnam
a former country in southeastern Asia that existed from 1954 (after the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu) until 1975 when it was defeated and annexed by North Vietnam
Republic of Yemen
a republic on the southwestern shores of the Arabian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean; formed in 1990
Republic of Zambia
a republic in central Africa; formerly controlled by Great Britain and called Northern Rhodesia until it gained independence within the commonwealth in 1964
Republic of Zimbabwe
a landlocked republic in south central Africa formerly called Rhodesia; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1980
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banana republic
a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
country of origin, fatherland, homeland, mother country, motherland, native land
the country where you were born
buffer country, buffer state
a small neutral state between two rival powers
kingdom
a country with a king as head of state
tax haven
a country or independent region where taxes are low
European country, European nation
any one of the countries occupying the European continent
African country, African nation
any one of the countries occupying the African continent
Asian country, Asian nation
any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
South American country, South American nation
any one of the countries occupying the South American continent
North American country, North American nation
any country on the North American continent
sultanate
country or territory ruled by a sultan
old country
the country of origin of an immigrant
Scandinavian country, Scandinavian nation
any one of the countries occupying Scandinavia
Balkan country, Balkan nation, Balkan state
any one of the countries on the Balkan Peninsula
Central American country, Central American nation
any one of the countries occupying Central America; these countries (except for Belize and Costa Rica) are characterized by low per capita income and unstable governments
Type of:
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
a district defined for administrative purposes

n territory over which rule or control is exercised

“he made it the law of the land
Synonyms:
demesne, domain
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Numidia
an ancient kingdom (later a Roman province) in North Africa in an area corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria
Roman Empire
an empire established by Augustus in 27 BC and divided in AD 395 into the Western Roman Empire and the eastern or Byzantine Empire; at its peak lands in Europe and Africa and Asia were ruled by ancient Rome
Cambria
one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; during Roman times the region was known as Cambria
Egyptian Empire
an ancient empire to the west of Israel; centered on the Nile River and ruled by a Pharaoh; figured in many events described in the Old Testament
Persian Empire
an empire in southern Asia created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC
Principality of Monaco
a constitutional monarchy in a tiny enclave on the French Riviera
Russia
a former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful in the 17th and 18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital; overthrown by revolution in 1917
Muscovy
a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuries; Moscow was the capital
Ottoman Empire
a Turkish sultanate of southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa and southeastern Europe; created by the Ottoman Turks in the 13th century and lasted until the end of World War I; although initially small it expanded until it superseded the Byzantine Empire
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archduchy
the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
barony
the domain of a baron
duchy, dukedom
the domain controlled by a duke or duchess
earldom
the domain controlled by an earl or count or countess
emirate
the domain controlled by an emir
empire, imperium
the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
fiefdom
the domain controlled by a feudal lord
grand duchy
the domain controlled by a grand duke or grand duchess
viscounty
the domain controlled by a viscount or viscountess
khanate
the realm of a khan
kingdom, realm
the domain ruled by a king or queen
princedom, principality
territory ruled by a prince
sheikdom, sheikhdom
the domain ruled by a sheik
suzerainty
the domain of a suzerain
Type of:
region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
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n the people who live in a nation or country

Synonyms:
country, nation
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Dutch, Dutch people
the people of the Netherlands
British, British people, Brits
the people of Great Britain
English, English people
the people of England
Irish, Irish people
people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
French, French people
the people of France
Spanish, Spanish people
the people of Spain
Swiss, Swiss people
the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland
Frisian
a native or inhabitant of Friesland or Frisia
Genevan
a native or resident of Geneva
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

n a politically organized body of people under a single government

“an industrialized land
Synonyms:
body politic, commonwealth, country, nation, res publica, state
Examples:
Tamil Eelam
the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
Carthage
an ancient city state on the north African coast near modern Tunis; founded by Phoenicians; destroyed and rebuilt by Romans; razed by Arabs in 697
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commonwealth country
any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
developing country
a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
Dominion
one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
foreign country
any state of which one is not a citizen
Reich
the German state
renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state
a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
suzerain
a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
sea power
a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
great power, major power, power, superpower, world power
a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
city state, city-state
a state consisting of a sovereign city
ally
a friendly nation
Hohenzollern empire, Second Reich
the Reich when Hohenzollern monarchs ruled Germany (from 1871 to 1919)
Nazi Germany, Third Reich
the Nazi dictatorship under Hitler (1933-1945)
hegemon
a leading or paramount power
Type of:
political entity, political unit
a unit with political responsibilities
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v bring into a different state

“this may land you in jail”
Synonyms:
bring
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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v deliver (a blow)

“He landed several blows on his opponent's head”
Type of:
deliver, drive home
carry out or perform

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