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land

Definitions

  • VIEW FROM THE TABLE-LAND
    VIEW FROM THE TABLE-LAND
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v land bring into a different state "this may land you in jail"
    • v land reach or come to rest "The bird landed on the highest branch","The plane landed in Istanbul"
    • v land cause to come to the ground "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
    • v land shoot at and force to come down "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"
    • v land arrive on shore "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor"
    • v land bring ashore "The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island"
    • v land deliver (a blow) "He landed several blows on his opponent's head"
    • n land agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life "farming is a strenuous life","there's no work on the land any more"
    • n land the people who live in a nation or country "a statement that sums up the nation's mood","the news was announced to the nation","the whole country worshipped him"
    • n land a politically organized body of people under a single government "the state has elected a new president","African nations","students who had come to the nation's capitol","the country's largest manufacturer","an industrialized land"
    • n land the territory occupied by a nation "he returned to the land of his birth","he visited several European countries"
    • n land territory over which rule or control is exercised "his domain extended into Europe","he made it the law of the land"
    • n land the solid part of the earth's surface "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land","the earth shook for several minutes","he dropped the logs on the ground"
    • n land material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use) "the land had never been plowed","good agricultural soil"
    • n Land United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
    • n land extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"
    • n land the land on which real estate is located "he built the house on land leased from the city"
    • n land a domain in which something is dominant "the untroubled kingdom of reason","a land of make-believe","the rise of the realm of cotton in the south"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Moses Views the Promised Land Moses Views the Promised Land
As si Looked when he Landed at Louisville 021 As si Looked when he Landed at Louisville 021
They Arrive in the "Land of the Boobies" They Arrive in the "Land of the Boobies"
EVENING: THE MERSEY FROM THE LANDING-STAGE EVENING: THE MERSEY FROM THE LANDING-STAGE
TROOP TRANSPORTS DISEMBARKING AT THE LANDING-STAGE, LIVERPOOL TROOP TRANSPORTS DISEMBARKING AT THE LANDING-STAGE, LIVERPOOL
They saw the land rise up like a huge mountain They saw the land rise up like a huge mountain
The Land of Memory The Land of Memory
BEHIND THE SCENES IN CINEMA-LAND BEHIND THE SCENES IN CINEMA-LAND

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Spain means "the land of rabbits."
    • Land (Law) Any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever, as meadows, pastures, woods, etc., and everything annexed to it, whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand of man, as buildings, fences, etc.; real estate.
    • Land Any portion, large or small, of the surface of the earth, considered by itself, or as belonging to an individual or a people, as a country, estate, farm, or tract. "Go view the land, even Jericho.""Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
      Where wealth accumulates and men decay."
      "A poor parson dwelling upon land i.e., in the country]."
    • Land Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, wet land; good or bad land.
    • Land In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, as the level part of a millstone between the furrows, or the surface of the bore of a rifled gun between the grooves.
    • Land (Agric) The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing.
    • Land The ground or floor. "Herself upon the land she did prostrate."
    • Land The inhabitants of a nation or people. "These answers, in the silent night received,
      The king himself divulged, the land believed."
    • Land (Naut) The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; -- called also landing.
    • Land The mainland, in distinction from islands.
    • Land The solid part of the surface of the earth; -- opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a long voyage. "They turn their heads to sea, their sterns to land ."
    • Land To catch and bring to shore; to capture; as, to land a fish.
    • Land To come to the end of a course; to arrive at a destination, literally or figuratively; as, he landed in trouble; after hithchiking for a week, he landed in Los Angeles.
    • Land To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.
    • Land (Aeronautics) To pilot (an airplane) from the air onto the land; as, to land the plane on a highway.
    • Land To reach and come to rest on land after having been in the air; as, the arrow landed in a flower bed; the golf ball landed in a sand trap; our airplane landed in Washington.
    • Land To set down after conveying; to cause to fall, alight, or reach; to bring to the end of a course; as, he landed the quoit near the stake; to be thrown from a horse and landed in the mud; to land one in difficulties or mistakes.
    • Land To set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark. "I 'll undertake to land them on our coast."
    • n Land lănd Urine. See Lant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word Thailand means "land of the free."
    • n land The solid substance of the earth's surface; any part of the continuous surface of the solid materials constituting the body of the globe: as, dry or submerged land; mountain or desert land.
    • n land The exposed part of the earth's surface, as distinguished from the submerged part; dry or solid ground: as, to travel by land and water; to spy land from the masthead.
    • n land A part of the earth's surface distinguished in any way from other parts; a country, division, or tract considered as the home of a person or a people, or marked off by ethnical, physical, or moral characteristics: as, one's native land; the land of the midnight sun; the land of the citron and myrtle.
    • n land The country; the rural regions; in general, distant regions.
    • n land Ground considered as a subject of use or possession; earth; soil. In law, land signifies any ground forming part of the earth's surface which can be held as individual property, whether soil or rock, or water-covered, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand of man, as buildings, fences, etc. In contemplation of law the fee simple in land includes a right of an indefinite extent upward as well as downward toward the center of the earth.
    • n land A strip of land left unbroken in a plowed field; the space between two furrows.
    • n land Hence That part of the inner surface of a rifle which lies between the grooves.
    • n land In a millstone, the plane surface between two furrows.
    • n land The smooth uncut part of the face-plate of a slide-valve in a steam-engine.
    • n land The lap of the strakes in a clincher-built boat. Also called landing.
    • n land In some cities in Scotland, a group of separate dwellings under one roof and having a common entry; a dwelling-house divided into tenements for different families, each tenement being called a house, and the whole a land, or a land of houses.
    • land To put on or bring to shore; disembark; debark; transfer to land in any way: as, to land troops or goods; to land a fish.
    • land Hence To bring to a point of stoppage or rest; bring to the end of a journey, or a course of any kind.
    • land Nautical, to rest, as a cask or spar, on the deck or elsewhere, by lowering with a rope or tackle.
    • land To go ashore from a ship or boat; disembark.
    • land To come to land or shore; touch at a wharf or other landing-place, as a boat or steamer.
    • land To arrive; come to a stop: as, I landed at his house: the wagon landed in a ditch.
    • n land Urine.
    • n land See laund.
    • n land One of the strips into which a field is divided in plowing: same as ridge, 3. See quotation under cut, 24. Compare dead furrow.
    • n land Uncultivated land subject to taxation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country
    • n Land land earth, the solid portion of the surface of the globe: a country: a district: soil: real estate: a nation or people:
    • v.t Land to set on land or on shore
    • v.i Land to come on land or on shore
    • adj Land relating to the unloading of a vessel's cargo
    • adj Land lying toward the land, away from the sea-coast: situated in or forming part of the country, as opposed to the town: rural
    • n Land land (Scot.) a group of dwellings or tenements under one roof and having a common entry
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It's a mining town in lotus land.”
  • Merlin
    Merlin
    “You are the land. The land is you.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We must treasure the achievers of our land because it's they who raise the sights of all the others.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock%20Ellis
    “The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.”
  • Anwar Sadat
    Anwar Sadat
    “Peace is more precious than a piece of land.”

Idioms

Cloud cuckoo land - If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land.
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Fat of the land - Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
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Land of nod - If someone has gone to the land of nod, they have fallen asleep or gone to bed.
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Lay of the land - The lay of the land is the way something is organised, runs, is arranged, etc. ('The lie of the land' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. land, lond,; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land,.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. land; Dut., Ger. land.

Usage

In literature:

She ran for seven hundred leagues without land being seen.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
I am here in the land of the gods, The land of mighty men.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
Send them back as soon as you land.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
It stopped piracy on the seas and robbery on the land.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Numerous "land-sharks" used to be in waiting to tempt those who were generally too ready to be tempted into scenes of debauchery and vice.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Many are also landing about our beach where the enemy knows large bodies of troops are still landing.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
During the next twenty years many more white men came and settled on or near the lands of the Wampanoags.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Of course, any man who buys land without seeing it deserves exactly the sort of land he gets.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
There are few lands indeed which have borne so many different names as Pepys Isles, Conti Isles, and many which we need not mention.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Shortly after, they saw land, which Captain Cook called "Cape Tribulation".
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
The land south of this line is called the Lowlands, and that to the north, including the range, the Highlands.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
The land-fall, or making the land.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The British ships at once engaged the land batteries, and landing parties were sent around the rear.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
We will think of our whole land, then, as a great wild park, rich in all kinds of animal and plant life.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
One prophecy seems to call for the other, for what would be the use of the lands without the people, or the people without the lands?
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Hitherto he had been a land crab; the land at last cast him adrift.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
This early record of a mid-western land boom, with Illinois land at six dollars an acre, tells the story of everything that was to follow.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
At Athabasca Landing they use the water as a top-dressing for the land.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
They were acquiring land, and some thought that there ought to be a land tax.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
For thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither into the land which I give the children of Israel.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

When the Autumn's breezes
Were sweeping o'er the land,
Came the mighty mandate
From the upper land.
"Mr. Edward Fordham" by Mary Weston Fordham
Thou shalt then rewarded be, and
Thy robe so bright,
Outshine the sun throughout that land
Of love and light.
"In Memoriam, On The Late Right Reverend Richard Allen, First Bishop Of The A. M. E. Church" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Looms there the New Land;
Locked in the shadow
Long the gods shut it,
Niggards of newness
They, the o'er-old.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
A Queen of ruth to reign
With her, who gathereth tears
From all the lands and years,
The Lesbian maid of pain;
"Enough" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Them waits the New Land;
They shall subdue it,
Leaving their sons' sons
Space for the body,
Space for the soul.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
From land to land; and in my breast
Spring wakens too: and my regret
Become an April violet,
And buds and blossoms like the rest.
"CXV: Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Land Securities Buys 268,883 Own Shares to Hold in Treasury LAND.LN.
The landing site, Bradbury Landing, honors science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
The struggle for land in Toronto is pitting residential developers against industry in attempts to build condos on lands traditionally dedicated to jobs.
Under the direction of Beaver Valley Elementary School music instructor Christi Boettcher, fourth grade students shared "This Land Is Your Land" with the Brush BOE at last week's meeting.
Any time land is cleared, seeds from weeds can be transported or blown into this open land.
After takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro Airport, the pilot of the Nike GV raised the landing gear but the right main landing gear door did not retract.
Mostly Cloudy / 63° F. Agriscience students in Chilton County will participate in a county land- judging competition this week designed to teach them how to read land and soil characteristics and diagnose potential problems.
Bureau of Land Management has acquired land in eastern New Mexico to protect a lesser prairie chicken habitat.
For the last 18 years, Nick Chadick has been hunting the same area in New Castle County, Delaware jumping between public land and private land .
Moss Landing Inn Moss Landing, CA.
The law that governed the transfer and the trusts also provided a mechanism that counties could request the lands back, provided counties continued public benefit and access to the lands through the creation of parks.
Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what's right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump.
Guardian Industries has signed a land purchase agreement in Malaysia, under which the company will acquire a 59.3-acre patch of land in Mukim, Jasin, from the Malacca State Development Corp.
NJICLE, in cooperation with the New Jersey Bar Association Land Use Law Section, Environmental Law Section and Local Government Law Section, will present the 2006 Land Use Institute on Tuesday, May 2.
The Pee Dee Retro Pee Dee, ca 1969 An Adventure with the Pee Dee Land Trust Paddle with members of the Land Trust.
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In science:

We use the approach, at which a skyrmion-type excitation (at zero Land´e factor) is considered as a smooth non-uniform rotation in the 3D spin space.
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Generally, in the limit of a vanishing Land´e g factor, the results obtained may be presented as an exact expansion in terms of the parameter rC .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Post red giant branch stars located on the H-R diagram might serve as land-marks for theoretical work.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
Mweene H. V., ”Spin Description and Calculations in the Lande’ Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics”, quant-ph/9907033. 6.
Generalized Spherical Harmonics
At most times, one ball lands; occasionally a hand remains empty.
Juggling probabilities
Every ball Magnus throws lands some (integral) number of seconds in the future.
Juggling probabilities
In the introduction, we referred to a state as a set of future times at which balls are landing.
Juggling probabilities
If νt = `, then no ball lands t seconds in the future.
Juggling probabilities
Informally, the valid transitions correspond either to waiting or to making throws to empty landing times.
Juggling probabilities
If a ball is landing, however, he can throw to any height (≤ h) that will not lead to two balls landing at the same time.
Juggling probabilities
The first condition ensures that any ball currently slated to land has, in fact, already been thrown.
Juggling probabilities
As is the case for states, we interpret bνt = ` to mean that no ball lands t seconds in the future.
Juggling probabilities
For 1 ≤ t < i ≤ h + 1, we set {t, i} to be an edge of Γbν if and only if there was a ball thrown h + 1 − i seconds in the past that will be landing t seconds in the future.
Juggling probabilities
How do these values constrain the possibilities for bνt ? To start, note that the ball landing t seconds in the future was thrown at most h − t seconds in the past.
Juggling probabilities
In addition, any ball landing more than t seconds in the future must have been thrown fewer than h − t seconds in the past as ν ∈ S th .
Juggling probabilities
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