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.

Definitions of land
  1. noun
    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
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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
  2. noun
    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
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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
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    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  3. noun
    the land on which real estate is located
    “he built the house on land leased from the city”
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    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)
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    immovable, real estate, real property, realty
    property consisting of houses and land
  4. noun
    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
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    immovable, real estate, real property, realty
    property consisting of houses and land
  5. noun
    agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
    “there's no work on the land any more”
    synonyms: farming
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  6. verb
    cause to come to the ground
    “the pilot managed to land the airplane safely”
    synonyms: bring down, put down
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  7. verb
    shoot at and force to come down
    “the enemy landed several of our aircraft”
    synonyms: down, shoot down
  8. verb
    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
    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
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  9. verb
    arrive on shore
    “The ship landed in Pearl Harbor”
    synonyms: set ashore, shore
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  10. verb
    bring ashore
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    ground, run aground, strand
    bring to the ground
    strand
    drive (a vessel) ashore
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    bring, convey, take
    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  11. noun
    a domain in which something is dominant
    “a land of make-believe”
    synonyms: kingdom, realm
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    lotus land, lotusland
    an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
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    area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    a particular environment or walk of life
  12. noun
    the territory occupied by a nation
    “he returned to the land of his birth”
    synonyms: country, state
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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
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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
  13. noun
    territory over which rule or control is exercised
    “he made it the law of the land
    synonyms: demesne, domain
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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
  14. noun
    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
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    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  15. noun
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
    “an industrialized land
    synonyms: body politic, commonwealth, country, nation, res publica, state
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    Tamil Eelam
    the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
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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
  16. verb
    bring into a different state
    “this may land you in jail”
    synonyms: bring
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  17. verb
    deliver (a blow)
    “He landed several blows on his opponent's head”
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    deliver, drive home
    carry out or perform
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