noun (plural Länder /ˈlɛndə, ˈlɛndɐ/)
- A state of Germany or Austria.More example sentences
- A second school highlights the distinctive role of regional governments in federal systems, however designated - states, provinces, republics, cantons, Länder.
- The German Länder have, as it were, an organic claim to authority, and have represented their local communities for much longer.
- Kohl insisted that these extensions would undermine the position of the German Länder.
German, literally 'land'.
More definitions of LandDefinition of Land in:
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- 1 [mass noun] The part of the earth’s surface that is not covered by water: the reptiles lay their eggs on land after four weeks at sea we sighted landMore example sentences
- The way solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth's surface depends primarily on whether the surface is land or sea.
- There are 26,000 million insects living in every square mile of habitable land on Earth.
- When the Earth is viewed from space on a cloudless day, all that can be seen are the edges of land, sea and icecaps.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Living or travelling on land rather than in water or the air: a land forceMore example sentences
- Every living land animal with a backbone is descended from the same group of fish.
- And then, as now, it was essentially a debate between maritime forces and land forces.
- The African elephant is the largest living land animal and weighs up to 5,400 kg.
- 1.2An area of ground, especially in terms of its ownership or use: he bought 360 acres of land waste land (lands) measures to reduce logging on federal landsMore example sentences
grounds, ground, fields, open space, open area; property, acres, acreage, estate, estate, lands, realty, real property, real estate, landholding, holding; countryside; unbuilt land, rural area, green area, green belt• archaic demesnesoil, earth, loam, sod, dirt, clay, turf, topsoil, humus, marl
- Any land over 5 hectares that is not urban land is also covered by the proposed regime.
- On every edge of the suburbs were hayfields, waste lands, ditches and culverts.
- Arable land is one thing the Eastern Cape is not short of but development of much of this has been slow or non-existent.
- 1.3 (the land) Ground or soil used as a basis for agriculture: my family had worked the land for many yearsMore example sentences
- Edna Beard fell in love with the countryside while working the land to feed a nation at war.
- She is a country person who believes in using the products of the land.
- Savory also noted that too much rest was as bad for the land as too much grazing.
- 1.4 (the land) Rural areas and the rural way of life: many people are leaving the land and going to work in the cityMore example sentences
- Lumbered with crippling debt, many farmers left the land, paving the way for the corporatization of agriculture.
- The programme, Clarissa and the Countryman, paid homage to the land and its food producers.
- But the growth of population was in the towns, and labourers left the land for the cities.
- 1.5 [count noun] South African An area fenced off for cultivation; a field.[from Dutch land 'piece of ground']More example sentences
- He allegedly used state vehicles to take his children to school and also used state property and staff to build structures on his farm and plough his lands.
- They will point out that even in the settlement people are starting to make their own gardens, while others are joining them in the untilled lands.
- There were no fences, no tractors, no pineapples, no building and cattle were trampling the lands; we have had to start from scratch.
- 2A country or state: the valley is one of the most beautiful in the land the lands of the Middle EastMore example sentences
- They are fleeing from the dire economic and social circumstances in their own lands to countries that offer them a better future.
- Publishers would have to take account of the law of every land on Earth.
- As he travelled across the land evangelizing at revival meetings he took the lads with him.
- 2.2A conceptual area: you’re living in a fantasy landMore example sentences
- Through reading the Harry Potter series, it would seem many want to enter children's imaginary fantasy lands, too.
- Sitting at your desk, making statues out of paperclips, it's easy to drift off into a fantasy land of ice cream and beaches.
- Do not be afraid of disappearing into a fantasy land of castles, maidens and jousting knights for an hour or two.
- 3The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.More example sentences
- What is radical about the Briley design is that it is rifled with six, straight, equally spaced lands and grooves.
- The rotating band contacts the lands and grooves at the forcing cone.
- Since it uses a reverse electroplating process, there's no abrasive action from bore scouring brushes and no possibility of scratching the lands and grooves.
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- 1 [with object] Put (someone or something) on land from a boat: he landed his troops at HastingsMore example sentences
- When the operation settled down, the boats landed some excellent catches at New Plymouth.
- The work will allow boats and barges to land cargo in bad weather because the planned site is sheltered by the reef.
- Free French officers were landed by air and boat to negotiate the port's peaceful transfer, but they received a hostile response as did an advance landing party.
- 1.1 [no object] Go ashore; disembark: the marines landed at a small jettyMore example sentences
- When the US marines landed in the south, an armoured column immediately set out to meet them, eager at last to engage the enemy.
- It's a bay in south-western Cuba, in which US marines landed in 1898 during the Cuban War of Independence.
- As a combat correspondent in World War IL, he landed with the marines at Guam and Iwo Jima.
- 1.2Bring (a fish) to land with a net or rod: he landed 43 on SaturdayMore example sentences
- Pat Gannon landed his first Salmon of the season, a nice 10.5 lb fish at the Gannon fishery.
- International golfer Mark O'Meara was one of those to land a summer salmon, when he hooked and landed an 11 lb fish on the 5th.
- Some very good fish have been landed in the past week, with more being hooked and lost.
- 1.3 • informal Succeed in obtaining or achieving (something desirable), especially in the face of competition: she landed the starring role in a new filmMore example sentences
obtain, get, acquire, procure, secure, be appointed to, gain, net, win, earn, achieve, attain, bag, come by, draw, pick up; carry off, catch, capture, grab, hook• informal get/lay one's hands on, get hold of, get one's mitts on, score, swing, nab, collar, pull downBritish • informal blag
- It was in 1997 that Chris won his first major prize in an open competition by landing the President's Cup and the awards have come thick and fast since then.
- Dermot Weld's feat in landing a second Melbourne Cup is a remarkable achievement.
- He blindsided the competition by landing Wolfgang Reitzle to run the Premier Auto Group.
- 2 [no object] Come down through the air and rest on the ground or another surface: we will shortly be landing at Gatwick a fly landed on Tom’s noseMore example sentences
- We flew on a turboprop military plane and landed on the carrier.
- Before noon, the plane landed on a single runway near town.
- He said police in a helicopter landed on their farm shortly before 5am with a search warrant.
- 2.1 [with object] Bring (an aircraft or spacecraft) to the ground or the surface of water in a controlled way: the co-pilot landed the planeMore example sentences
- The aircraft was immediately landed thereafter and the airframe was inspected.
- The crew landed the aircraft without further incident.
- With enemy cavalry approaching, LT McNamara landed his own aircraft under heavy fire.
- 2.2Reach the ground after falling or jumping: he leapt over the fence and landed nimbly on his feetMore example sentences
- Brian went toppling over, landing with a splash in the pool.
- The lack of tread on the soles saw me fly into the air and nearly land face first on the treadmill.
- The distracted cyclist flew over the handlebars and landed on the pavement.
- 2.3 [with adverbial of place] (Of an object) come to rest after falling or being thrown: the plate landed in her lapMore example sentences
- You'd need to create a diversion, by throwing a rock that lands behind them, making a noise and distracting them temporarily.
- He then grabbed my flashlight and threw it so it landed right by my purse.
- I dropped my fork on the glass plate and it landed with a small ‘clank’.
- 3 [no object] • informal (Of something undesirable or unexpected) arrive suddenly: there were more problems than ever landing on her deskMore example sentences
- After we pointed out the many health-giving qualities of the brown stuff, a press release lands on our desk confirming that it is good for you.
- As I'd been scrambling to create one, a fresh opportunity landed in my lap.
- The opportunity to do that film landed in my lap.
- 4 [with object] (land someone in) • informal Cause someone to be in (a difficult situation): his exploits always landed him in troubleMore example sentences
bring, lead, drive, cause to be in, cause to arrive in
- This ambivalence toward their own goals in life can land them in difficult situations.
- That lands you in a really difficult scientific problem.
- It is less about the theatre production and more about the actors, their history and how it landed them in this current situation.
- 4.1 (land someone with) Inflict (an unwelcome task or difficult situation) on someone: the mistake landed the company with a massive billMore example sentences
- Good Friday became bad Friday for one group of Chessington residents when they were landed with £320 in parking fines.
- Smith has been landed with ‘extortionate’ water bills - because travellers are taking water from his supply.
- His tip-off to police landed Bailey with a five-year jail sentence when he appeared at York Crown Court.
- 5 [with object] • informal Inflict (a blow) on someone: I won the fight without landing a single punchMore example sentences
- In round 1, Donis landed a hard right hook that was his most significant punch of the round.
- It is possible that when the fight statistics are scrutinised that Arias, the Brazilian heavyweight champion, will have a tally of punches landed in single figures.
- Raymond, enraged at being laughed at, charged forward and tried landing the first strike.
how the land lies
- British What the situation is: let’s keep it to ourselves until we see how the land liesMore example sentences
- Just to see how the land lies, I approached Dave Linley, who has been given the job of looking after the spare tickets.
- Your response counts, because it tells them, and the BBC how the land lies.
- Let's see how the land lies after Grafton Street opens, OK?
in the land of the living
- • humorous Alive or awake: the doctor was amazed to find me still in the land of the living if the general’s in the land of the living, I’d like a wordMore example sentences
- Am now back in the land of the living, only to be faced with ten bazillion emails and two letters from the House of Commons (that'll be my MP then).
- In that instance, as it is now, it was very comforting to know that I was wrong and he had been slyly enjoying his years in the land of the living.
- Well, I'm back in the land of the living again with an internet connection!
the land of the free
- The United States of America: in the land of the free virtually anyone is free to wield a gunMore example sentences
- He wouldn't stop talking about his first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from the ship that brought him to the land of the free as a teenage immigrant.
- I'm in the land of the free, and I won't be blogging.
- Yes, I just moved back from London to the land of the free.
the land of Nod
- • humorous A state of sleep: the tape is guaranteed to send babies and toddlers to the land of Nod[punningly, with biblical allusion to the place name Nod (Gen. 4:16)]More example sentences
- I fought off the sleep interruption and went back to the land of Nod.
- I want to stay where it is safe, lost in the sleepy, dreamy land of Nod.
- May dreams of the fearless left-winger escort you to the land of Nod.
land (or fall) on one's feet
- Have good luck or success: after some ups and downs he has finally landed on his feetMore example sentences
- But no, miss high and mighty, you've landed on your feet and you don't need your old dad any more, that's for sure.
- Ranieri has landed on his feet, loved and lauded in two cities.
- For starters he left me after I'd supported him for six months of him being unemployed, just as I lost my job and he landed on his feet.
live off the land
- Live on whatever food one can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming: George used the fieldcraft taught to him by his father to live off the landMore example sentences
- Often relocated to disadvantaged areas, the Ojibwa faced poverty and bare subsistence through living off the land and/or farming.
- The soldiers learn how to catch food and live off the land.
- Some 90 percent of the population live off the land, mostly as subsistence farmers.
- Reach a place or situation: the ship landed up on the south coast of Devon I landed up in prisonMore example sentences
- Follow these precautions for the first few dates with anyone and you'll never land up in a sticky situation!
- The fight got uglier when her husband and friend reached the spot and they all landed up at the police station.
- What if the wind changes, and you land up somewhere that leaves you feeling unprepared?
land up with
- End up with (an unwelcome situation): I landed up with three broken ribsMore example sentences
- It's a vote for a smoother, wittier, more stylish world than the one we've landed up with: the chink of glass against glass and the devastating couplet.
- Out of five pitches, however, we land up with one new client.
- The merged firm will land up with two overlapping product sets that are difficult to integrate and a client set that will be unwilling to migrate.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch land and German Land.