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LAND, noun

1. Earth, or the solid matter which constitutes the fixed part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the sea or other waters, which constitute the fluid or movable part. Hence we say, the globe is terraqueous, consisting of land and water. The seaman in a long voyage longs to see land

2. Any portion of the solid, superficial part of the globe, whether a kingdom or country, or a particular region. The United States is denominated the land of freedom.

Go, view the land even Jericho. Joshua 2:1.

3. Any small portion of the superficial part of the earth or ground. We speak of the quantity of land in a manor. Five hundred acres of land is a large farm.

4. Ground; soil, or the superficial part of the earth in respect to its nature or quality; as good land; poor land; moist or dry land

5. Real Estate. A traitor forfeits all his lands and tenements.

6. The inhabitants of a country or region; a nation or people.

These answers in the silent night received, the king himself divulged, the land believed.

7. The ground left unplowed between furrows, is by some of our farmers called a land

To make the land

To make land In seaman's language, is to discover land from sea, as the ship approaches it.

To shut in the land to lose sight of the land left, by the intervention of a point or promontory.

To set the land to see by the compass how it bears from the ship.

LAND, noun Urine; whence the old expression, land dam, to kill. obsolete

LAND, verb transitive to set on shore; to disembark; to debark; as, to land troops from a ship or boat; to land goods.

LAND, verb intransitive To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.