landmark

A landmark is anything that helps you know where you are — in space, in time, in history.

If you’re sailing from Europe to New York, the Statue of Liberty will be the landmark that lets you know you’re in the right port. If you’re walking to your cousin’s house, the pizza shop on the corner is the landmark that lets you know you just have two blocks to go. Getting your driver’s license is a landmark event, as was the Revolutionary War — though which battle was harder is yours to determine.

Primary Meanings of landmark

1.
n
the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
2.
n
an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend
3.
n
an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken
Full Definitions of landmark
1

n the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape

“the church steeple provided a convenient landmark
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land

Types:
mearstone, meerestone, merestone
an old term for a landmark that consisted of a pile of stones surmounted by an upright slab
Type of:
point of reference, reference, reference point
an indicator that orients you generally
2

n an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

Synonyms:
turning point, watershed
Types:
Fall of Man
(Judeo-Christian mythology) when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, God punished them by driving them out of the Garden of Eden and into the world where they would be subject to sickness and pain and eventual death
road to Damascus
a sudden turning point in a person's life (similar to the sudden conversion of the Apostle Paul on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus of arrest Christians)
Type of:
juncture, occasion
an event that occurs at a critical time
3

n an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken

Types:
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craniometric point
a landmark on the skull from which craniometric measurements can be taken
acanthion
the craniometric point at the anterior extremity of the intermaxillary suture
asterion
the craniometric point at the junction of the lamboid suture and the occipitomastoid suture and the parietomastoid suture
auricular point, auriculare
the craniometric point at the center of the opening of the external acoustic meatus
bregma
the craniometric point at the junction of the sagittal and coronal sutures at the top of the cranium
condylion
the craniometric point at the tip of the mandibular condyle
coronion
the craniometric point at the tip of the coronoid process of the mandible
crotaphion
the tip of the greater wing of the sphenoid bone
dacryon
the craniometric point at the junction of the anterior border of the lacrimal bone with the frontal bone
entomion
the craniometric point at the tip of the angular part of the parietal bone that articulates with the temporal bone
glabella, mesophyron
a smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrows; the most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline at the level of the supraorbital ridges
gnathion
the most inferior point of the mandible in the midline
gonion
the craniometric point on either side at the apex of the lower jaw
inion
the craniometric point that is the most prominent point at the back of the head (at the occipital protuberance)
jugal point, jugale
the craniometric point at the union of the frontal and temporal processes of the zygomatic bone
lambda
the craniometric point at the junction of the sagittal and lamboid sutures of the skull
mastoidale
the craniometric point at the lowest point of the mastoid process
metopion
the craniometric point midway between the frontal eminences of the skull
nasion
the craniometric point at the bridge of the nose where the frontal and nasal bones of the skull meet
obelion
the craniometric point on the sagittal suture near the lamboid suture
ophryon
the craniometric point in the midline of the forehead immediately above the orbits
orbital point, orbitale
the craniometric point at the lowest point on the lower edge of the orbit
pogonion
the craniometric point that is the most forward-projecting point on the anterior surface of the chin
alveolar point, prostheon, prosthion
craniometric point that is the most anterior point in the midline on the alveolar process of the maxilla
pterion
the craniometric point in the region of the sphenoid fontanelle
rhinion
the anterior tip at the end of the suture of the nasal bones
sphenion
the anterior tip of the parietal bone
stephanion
the craniometric point on the coronal suture above the acoustic meatus
symphysion
the most forward point of the alveolar process of the mandible
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

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