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Soil vs. Land: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Soil is the top layer of earth in which plants grow, a rich mix of organic and inorganic materials, while land refers to the solid part of the earth's surface, suitable or used for various purposes.
Soil vs. Land

Key Differences

Soil is a combination of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms that together support plant life. Land, in contrast, refers to the Earth's solid surface, used for agriculture, habitation, or as natural habitat.
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Soil has characteristics like texture, fertility, and composition that influence plant growth. Land encompasses broader attributes, including topography, area, and potential uses like residential, commercial, or conservation.
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Soil plays a critical role in ecosystems, providing nutrients and a medium for plant growth. Land defines geographical spaces and environments, shaping ecosystems, human settlement, and resource distribution.
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Soil conservation focuses on preventing erosion and maintaining soil health for agriculture. Land management involves zoning, development, and preservation, considering ecological and human needs.
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Soil quality directly affects agricultural productivity and ecosystem health. Land use decisions, like urban development, agriculture, or preservation, have lasting impacts on environments and communities.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Top layer of earth supporting plant life
Solid part of the earth's surface
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Composition

Organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, organisms
Includes soil, rocks, geographical features
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Primary Use

Agriculture, gardening, ecosystem support
Agriculture, habitation, development, conservation
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Management Focus

Soil health, fertility, conservation
Zoning, development, land use planning
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Role in Ecosystem

Supports plant growth, nutrient cycling
Defines habitats, influences ecosystems
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Soil and Land Definitions

Soil

The top layer of the earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with organic matter.
The garden's soil is rich in nutrients and perfect for growing vegetables.
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Land

The solid part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water.
They own several acres of land in the countryside.
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Soil

A medium in which something is established or grows.
Good leadership provides fertile soil for innovation.
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Land

The territory of a nation or state.
The new policy was enacted across the entire land.
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Soil

The top layer of the earth's surface in which plants can grow, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter and having the capability of retaining water.
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Land

A realm or domain of activity or interest.
In the land of technology, innovation is key.
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Soil

A particular kind of earth or ground
Sandy soil.
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Land

The solid ground of the earth.
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Soil

Country; land
Native soil.
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Land

Ground or soil
Tilled the land.
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Soil

The agricultural life
A man of the soil.
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Land

A topographically or functionally distinct tract
Desert land.
Prime building land.
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Soil

A place or condition favorable to growth; a breeding ground.
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Land

A nation; a country.
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Soil

The state of being soiled.
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The people of a nation, district, or region.
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Soil

A stain.
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Land

Lands Territorial possessions or property.
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Soil

Filth, sewage, or refuse.
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Land

Public or private landed property; real estate.
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Soil

Manure, especially human excrement, used as fertilizer.
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Land

(Law) The solid material of the earth as well as the natural and manmade things attached to it and the rights and interests associated with it.
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Soil

To make dirty, particularly on the surface.
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Land

An agricultural or farming area
Wanted to buy a house on the land.
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Soil

To disgrace; tarnish
A reputation soiled by scandal.
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Land

Farming considered as a way of life.
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Soil

To corrupt; defile.
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Land

An area or realm
The land of make-believe.
The land of television.
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Soil

To dirty with excrement.
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Land

The raised portion of a grooved surface, as on a phonograph record.
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Soil

To become dirty, stained, or tarnished.
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Land

To bring to and unload on land
Land cargo.
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Soil

To feed (livestock) with soilage.
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Land

To set (a vehicle) down on land or another surface
Land an airplane smoothly.
Land a seaplane on a lake.
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Soil

(uncountable) A mixture of mineral particles and organic material, used to support plant growth.
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(Informal) To cause to arrive in a place or condition
Civil disobedience will land you in jail.
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Soil

(uncountable) The unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the earth that serves as a natural medium for the growth of land plants.
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To catch and pull in (a fish)
Landed a big catfish.
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Soil

(uncountable) The unconsolidated mineral or organic matter on the surface of the earth that has been subjected to and shows effects of genetic and environmental factors of: climate (including water and temperature effects), and macro- and microorganisms, conditioned by relief, acting on parent material over a period of time. A product-soil differs from the material from which it is derived in many physical, chemical, biological, and morphological properties and characteristics.
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Land

(Informal) To win; secure
Land a big contract.
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Soil

Country or territory.
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Land

(Informal) To deliver
Landed a blow on his opponent's head.
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Soil

That which soils or pollutes; a stain.
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Land

To come to shore
Landed against the current with great difficulty.
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Soil

A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer.
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Land

To disembark
Landed at a crowded dock.
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Soil

Dung; compost; manure.
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Land

To descend toward and settle onto the ground or another surface
The helicopter has landed.
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Soil

Faeces or urine etc. when found on clothes.
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(Informal) To arrive in a place or condition
Landed at the theater too late for the opening curtain.
Landed in trouble for being late.
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Soil

A bag containing soiled items.
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Land

To come to rest in a certain way or place
Slipped and landed on his shoulder.
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Soil

A wet or marshy place in which a boar or other such game seeks refuge when hunted.
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Land

The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water.
Most insects live on land.
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Soil

(transitive) To make dirty.
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Land

Real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and acquired and on which buildings and structures can be built and erected.
There are 50 acres of land in this estate.
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Soil

(intransitive) To become dirty or soiled.
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Land

A country or region.
They come from a faraway land.
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Soil

To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
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Land

A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland.
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Soil

(reflexive) To dirty one's clothing by accidentally defecating while clothed.
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Land

The soil, in respect to its nature or quality for farming.
Wet land; good or bad land for growing potatoes
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Soil

To make invalid, to ruin.
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Land

Realm, domain.
I'm going to Disneyland.
Maybe that's how it works in TV-land, but not in the real world.
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Soil

To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
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(agriculture) The ground left unploughed between furrows; any of several portions into which a field is divided for ploughing.
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To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (due to such food having the effect of purging them) to purge by feeding on green food.
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Land

A shock or fright.
He got an awful land when the police arrived.
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To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an inclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food; as, to soil a horse.
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(electronics) A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connecting wires.
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Soil

To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
Men . . . soil their ground, not that they love the dirt, but that they expect a crop.
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Land

On a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pits.
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Soil

To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
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Land

(travel) The non-airline portion of an itinerary. Hotel, tours, cruises, etc.
Our city offices sell a lot more land than our suburban offices.
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Soil

To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
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Land

(obsolete) The ground or floor.
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Soil

To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
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(nautical) The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; called also landing.
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Soil

The upper stratum of the earth; the mold, or that compound substance which furnishes nutriment to plants, or which is particularly adapted to support and nourish them.
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In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, such as the level part of a millstone between the furrows.
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Soil

Land; country.
Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leaveThee, native soil?
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(ballistics) The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.
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Soil

Dung; fæces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.
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Land

A group of dwellings or tenements under one roof and having a common entry.
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A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer.
As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils,Yet still the shaft sticks fast.
O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man may reach you after three hours' running.
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Lant; urine
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Soil

That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil.
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Land

(intransitive) To descend to a surface, especially from the air.
The plane is about to land.
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Soil

The state of being covered with unclean things
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(dated) To alight, to descend from a vehicle.
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Soil

The part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
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(intransitive) To come into rest.
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Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use);
The land had never been plowed
Good agricultural soil
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(intransitive) To arrive on land, especially a shore or dock, from a body of water.
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Soil

The geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state;
American troops were stationed on Japanese soil
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Land

(transitive) To bring to land.
It can be tricky to land a helicopter.
Use the net to land the fish.
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Soil

Make soiled, filthy, or dirty;
Don't soil your clothes when you play outside!
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Land

To capture or arrest.
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The material on the surface of the ground in which plants grow.
They tested the soil to determine its suitability for farming.
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(transitive) To acquire; to secure.
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Soil

The territory of a particular nation, often referred to in a political or patriotic context.
Soldiers defend the soil of their homeland.
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Land

To succeed in having sexual relations with; to score
Too ugly to ever land a chick
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Soil

A reference to dirt or ground, especially when considering cleanliness.
Be careful not to soil your clothes while playing outside.
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(transitive) (of a blow) To deliver.
If you land a knockout blow, you’ll win the match
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(intransitive) (of a punch) To connect
If the punches land, you might lose a few teeth!
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(intransitive) To go down well with an audience.
Some of the comedian's jokes failed to land.
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Land

Urine. See Lant.
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The solid part of the surface of the earth; - opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a long voyage.
They turn their heads to sea, their sterns to land.
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Any portion, large or small, of the surface of the earth, considered by itself, or as belonging to an individual or a people, as a country, estate, farm, or tract.
Go view the land, even Jericho.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,Where wealth accumulates and men decay.
A poor parson dwelling upon land [i.e., in the country].
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Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, wet land; good or bad land.
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The inhabitants of a nation or people.
These answers, in the silent night received,The king himself divulged, the land believed.
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The mainland, in distinction from islands.
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The ground or floor.
Herself upon the land she did prostrate.
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The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing.
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Any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever, as meadows, pastures, woods, etc., and everything annexed to it, whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand of man, as buildings, fences, etc.; real estate.
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The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; - called also landing.
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In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, as the level part of a millstone between the furrows, or the surface of the bore of a rifled gun between the grooves.
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To set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark.
I 'll undertake to land them on our coast.
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To catch and bring to shore; to capture; as, to land a fish.
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To set down after conveying; to cause to fall, alight, or reach; to bring to the end of a course; as, he landed the quoit near the stake; to be thrown from a horse and landed in the mud; to land one in difficulties or mistakes.
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To pilot (an airplane) from the air onto the land; as, to land the plane on a highway.
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To come to the end of a course; to arrive at a destination, literally or figuratively; as, he landed in trouble; after hithchiking for a week, he landed in Los Angeles.
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To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.
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To reach and come to rest on land after having been in the air; as, the arrow landed in a flower bed; the golf ball landed in a sand trap; our airplane landed in Washington.
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The land on which real estate is located;
He built the house on land leased from the city
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Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use);
The land had never been plowed
Good agricultural soil
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The solid part of the earth's surface;
The plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
The earth shook for several minutes
He dropped the logs on the ground
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Territory over which rule or control is exercised;
His domain extended into Europe
He made it the law of the land
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The territory occupied by a nation;
He returned to the land of his birth
He visited several European countries
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A domain in which something is dominant;
The untroubled kingdom of reason
A land of make-believe
The rise of the realm of cotton in the south
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Extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use;
The family owned a large estate on Long Island
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The people who live in a nation or country;
A statement that sums up the nation's mood
The news was announced to the nation
The whole country worshipped him
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A politically organized body of people under a single government;
The state has elected a new president
African nations
Students who had come to the nation's capitol
The country's largest manufacturer
An industrialized land
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United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one-step photographic process (1909-1991)
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Working the land as an occupation or way of life;
Farming is a strenuous life
There's no work on the land any more
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Reach or come to rest;
The bird landed on the highest branch
The plane landed in Istanbul
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Cause to come to the ground;
The pilot managed to land the airplane safely
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Bring into a different state;
This may land you in jail
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Bring ashore;
The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island
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Land

Deliver (a blow);
He landed several blows on his opponent's head
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Land

Arrive on shore;
The ship landed in Pearl Harbor
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Land

Shoot at and force to come down;
The enemy landed several of our aircraft
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Land

Relating to or characteristic of or occurring on land;
Land vehicles
Sea stories
Sea smells
Sea traffic
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Land

Operating or living or growing in water;
Boats are aquatic vehicles
Water lilies are aquatic plants
Fish are aquatic animals
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Land

An area of ground, especially as used for a specific purpose such as agriculture or building.
The company plans to develop the vacant land into a shopping center.
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Land

To come down or arrive on the ground or another surface.
The pilot skillfully landed the airplane despite the storm.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is land?

Land refers to the solid part of the earth's surface, not covered by water, used for various purposes.
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What are common uses of land?

Land is used for agriculture, residential areas, businesses, and conservation.
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Can soil quality affect land value?

Yes, high-quality soil can increase the value and productivity of land.
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What is land conservation?

Land conservation involves preserving natural areas to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
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How is land measured?

Land is measured in units like acres or hectares.
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How does climate change affect soil and land?

Climate change can alter soil composition and land use patterns, affecting agriculture and ecosystems.
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What factors affect soil health?

Soil health is influenced by factors like composition, pH, moisture, and organic matter content.
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How do human activities impact land?

Human activities like construction, farming, and mining significantly impact land use and health.
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How does erosion affect soil?

Erosion can deplete soil nutrients and reduce its ability to support plant life.
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What is soil?

Soil is the top layer of the earth's surface, supporting plant life and comprising organic and inorganic materials.
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How does soil contribute to agriculture?

Soil provides nutrients and a medium for plants to grow, essential for agriculture.
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Can land be rehabilitated after degradation?

Yes, through practices like reforestation and land management, degraded land can be rehabilitated.
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Are soil and land renewable resources?

Soil is a slowly renewable resource, while land availability is finite.
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What is the difference between soil and dirt?

Soil is a living ecosystem supporting growth; dirt is dislocated soil, often seen as unclean.
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What is the role of soil in carbon sequestration?

Soil plays a crucial role in carbon sequestration, helping mitigate climate change impacts.
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How do land laws regulate usage?

Land laws govern ownership, use, and development of land, ensuring sustainable and fair practices.
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What is land zoning?

Land zoning is the process of designating specific areas for different types of development and use.
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How do agricultural practices affect soil?

Agricultural practices can enhance or deplete soil health, affecting its long-term productivity.
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What is urban land use?

Urban land use involves developing land for residential, commercial, and infrastructure purposes.
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Can soil types vary within the same piece of land?

Yes, soil types can vary greatly, even within small areas of land.
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