from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of coming to land or rest, especially after a voyage or flight.
  • noun A termination, especially of a voyage or flight.
  • noun A site for loading and unloading passengers and cargo.
  • noun An amount of fish or shellfish harvested in a particular place during a particular period.
  • noun An intermediate platform on a flight of stairs.
  • noun The area at the top or bottom of a staircase.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In lumbering:
  • noun A place to which logs are hauled or skidded preparatory to transportation by water or rail.
  • noun A platform, usually at the foot of a skid-road, where logs are collected and loaded on cars.
  • noun The act of going or setting on land, especially from a vessel.
  • noun A place on the shore of the sea or of a lake, or on the bank of a river, where persons land or come on shore, or where goods are set on shore.
  • noun In architecture, the part of a floor adjoining the end of a flight of stairs; also, a resting-place or platform interrupting a series or flight of steps.
  • noun A platform at a railway-station.
  • noun In mining, any place, at the mouth of a shaft or elsewhere, arranged for the reception or emptying of the kibbles or cages or other receptacles used for hoisting ore or coal. Frequently called the bank in England, especially at coal-mines.
  • noun The platform of a furnace at the charging-height.
  • noun In boat-building, same as land, 7 .
  • noun In fortification, the horizontal space at the entrance of a gallery or return.
  • noun In lumbering, a place where logs are stored till spring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A going or bringing on shore.
  • noun A place for landing, as from a ship, a carriage. etc.
  • noun (Arch.) The level part of a staircase, at the top of a flight of stairs, or connecting one flight with another.
  • noun (Aeronautics) The act or process of bringing an aircraft to land after having been in the air. Contrasted with take-off.
  • noun me as Landing, n., 2 and 3.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or used for, setting, bringing, or going, on shore.
  • adjective charges or fees paid on goods unloaded from a vessel.
  • adjective a small, bag-shaped net, used in fishing to take the fish from the water after being hooked.
  • adjective a floating platform attached at one end to a wharf in such a manner as to rise and fall with the tide, and thus facilitate passage between the wharf and a vessel lying beside the stage.
  • adjective a customhouse officer who oversees the landing of goods, etc., from vessels; a landwaiter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun corridor
  • noun coming to earth, as of an airplane or any descending object
  • noun an in-between platform or large bottom-most or top-most step of a staircase
  • noun a place on a shoreline where a boat lands
  • verb Present participle of land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an intermediate platform in a staircase
  • noun structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
  • noun the act of coming to land after a voyage
  • noun the act of coming down to the earth (or other surface)


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