1 surface of the earth
ADJ. dry It was good to be on dry land again after months at sea.
VERB + LAND reach The explorers reached land after a long voyage. | sight In the distance the crew sighted land. | reclaim The new project will reclaim the land from the sea.
LAND + NOUN mass chains of volcanoes running along the edge of continental land masses | animal, mammal | battle, war | forces With the land forces defeated, everything now rested on the navy.
PREP. by ~ It's impossible to reach this beach by land because of the high cliffs. | on ~ Some animals can live both on land and in water.
2 piece of ground
ADJ. good, prime prime building land | fertile, rich rich agricultural land land that is rich in mineral deposits | marginal, poor animals grazing on marginal land that was previously heath or moorland | arid, dry, hard, parched The land was very dry and hard after the long, hot summer. | marshy | barren | derelict, waste (also wasteland) A new shopping centre will be built on the derelict land. | contaminated | empty, unused, vacant | uncultivated, virgin, wild | agricultural, arable, cultivated, farm (also farmland), farming | grazing | industrial | building, housing | green belt | rural, urban | private | public | common This used to be common land, where everyone had the right to graze animals. | open They finally got out of the town and reached open land. | flat, low-lying | hill, undulating | coastal, forest, meadow
QUANT. parcel, piece, plot, scrap, strip, tract Every scrap of land is used for growing food. The college owns vast tracts of land.
VERB + LAND have, hold, own The inhabitants of a village held land in common. | acquire, buy, purchase | sell | cultivate, farm, plough, work | irrigate | clear The land has been cleared ready for building. | develop They were refused permission to develop the land. | occupy During the war their lands were occupied by the enemy. | seize | allocate, distribute, redistribute | grant sb He was granted land by the king.
LAND + VERB adjoin sth a piece of land adjoining a disused railway line
LAND + NOUN owner, ownership | acquisition, purchase | reclamation | development | use | prices, values | dispute 3 the land farming land
VERB + LAND live off It's very fertile countryside where you can just live off the land. | farm, work (on) His family had always worked the land. | leave Many people leave the land to find work in towns and cities. | get/go back to He's tired of living in cities, and wants to get back to the land.
ADJ. ancestral, native the tribe's ancestral lands | distant He travelled to many distant lands. | alien, foreign, strange She was all alone in a strange land. | promised (often figurative) the promised land of progressive education | cloud cuckoo, never-never (both figurative) Anyone who thinks this legislation will be effective is living in cloud cuckoo land.
1 of an aircraft
ADV. safely The pilot managed to land the plane safely.
VERB + LAND be due to | come down to The plane slowly came down to land. | be forced to The plane was forced to land in a nearby field. | manage to
PREP. at We are due to land at Heathrow at 12.15.
2 fall to the ground
ADV. awkwardly, badly I landed awkwardly and twisted my ankle. | expertly, neatly He tensed himself for the jump and landed expertly on the other side. | heavily | lightly
PREP. on She fell and landed heavily on her back.