landfall

Landfall is the first glimpse of land when you're on a boat. It can also mean the moment your boat touches the shore, like when your kayak makes landfall on a remote island.

If you're traveling at sea, arriving at your destination is landfall. A child paddling a rowboat across a pond makes landfall when she reaches the far shore, and the captain of an ocean liner makes landfall at each remote stop on the route. A sailor might call out, "Landfall!" at the first sight of land on the horizon. The word landfall uses the sense of fall that means "happen."

Definitions of landfall
  1. noun
    the seacoast first sighted on a voyage (or flight over water)
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    type of:
    coast, sea-coast, seacoast, seashore
    the shore of a sea or ocean
  2. noun
    the first sighting of land from the sea after a voyage (or flight over water)
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    type of:
    sighting
    the act of observing
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