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an area of ground, especially when used for farming or building: ➔ dockland, farmland ➔ see usage note ground1
500 acres of land
a piece of open land (=land which has not been built on)
housing/industrial etc land
a shortage of housing land
the solid dry part of the Earth's surface:
After 21 days at sea, we sighted land.
Troops began an assault on the city by land and sea.
The crocodile lays its eggs on land.
land bird/animal➔ dry land
The white stork is one of the biggest land birds of the region.
a country or area:
Their journey took them to many foreign lands.
native land (=the land where you were born)
He's fiercely proud of his native land.
Australia represented a real land of opportunity for thousands of people.
the countryside thought of as a place where people grow food
live off the land (=grow or catch all the food you need)
A third of the region's population still lives off the land.
work/farm the land (=grow crops)
Many people were forced to give up working the land.
the area of land that someone owns:
He ordered us to get off his land.
to try to discover what the situation really is before you make a decision
awake - used humorously
an imaginary place where life is easy and pleasant
➔ be/live in cloud-cuckoo-landat cloud1 (7), dry land, dreamland, fairyland
➔ the lie of the landat lie3 (3) ➔ never-never land ➔ promised land ➔ wasteland ➔ wonderlandWORD CHOICE:
ground, land, earth, soil, floorThe ground is the surface that you walk on when you are outdoors • There were a few flakes of snow on the ground. • an area of muddy groundland is an area of ground that is owned or controlled by someone • They were on his land. • land set aside for housingIt is also the part of the earth's surface that is not covered in water • animals that live on landearth or soil is the soft substance that covers the ground and that plants grow in • Green shoots peeped through the earth. • fertile soilThe Earth or earth is also the planet that we live on.The floor is the surface that you walk on when you are indoors • There's mud all over the floor! ➔ See also ground