• WordNet 3.6
    • n landfall the first sighting of land from the sea after a voyage (or flight over water)
    • n landfall the seacoast first sighted on a voyage (or flight over water)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Landfall A sudden transference of property in land by the death of its owner.
    • Landfall (Naut) Sighting or making land when at sea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n landfall A land-slide or land-slip.
    • n landfall Nautical, an approach or a coming to land, in the course or at the end of a sea-voyage; also, land so approached or reached.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Landfall a landslip: an approach to land after a voyage, also the land so approached
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. land; Dut., Ger. land.


In literature:

She would never fetch the landfall of a dream.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
There is an island there named Thanet, which was the spot chosen for the landfall of our visitors.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
That landfall in the Spanish Main was as soundless as a dream.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
San Salvador, however, claims historical precedence as the landfall of Columbus on his memorable voyage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The Wash was thought to be the most likely landfall for a German airship raiding London.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Now he was anxious for the landfall, keen for the show-down.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Of course, since the other ship's landfall had been a little girl then, the early movements of the group had been restricted.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
But we may, at least, settle the long-disputed question of the landfall of Columbus.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Whether the light is to be considered a reality or a fiction will depend much on the theory each may hold regarding the position of the landfall.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
St Elias, Bering's landfall, was sighted.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

Let, by the lamplight,
Memory range
A hundred harbours
And landfalls strange:
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Captain's sleepin' – dreamin' in his sleep,
Dreamin' of the landfalls off beyond the main,
Coasts that smell o' flowers, harbors broad and deep,
Ships a-pullin' homeward, and sailors home again.
"Envoy" by Lincoln Colcord
A good Trade I wish you, an' a fair landfall,
Neither fog, nor iceberg, nor long calm, nor squall,
A pleasant port to come to, when the work's all through —
An' so long, sailorman … good luck to you.
"So Long (All Coiled Down)" by Cicely Fox Smith
Nights run. Tes yeux bizarres me suivent
when loth at landfall soft I leave.
The soldiers, Coleridge Rilke Poe,
shout commands I never heard.
They march about, dying & absurd.
Toddlers are taking over. O
"Dream Song 12: Sabbath" by John Berryman
Next we pass slave ships. Flags of all nations,
our fathers below deck too deep, I suppose,
to hear us shouting. So we stop shouting. Who knows
who his grandfather is, much less his name?
Tomorrow our landfall will be the Barbados.
"The Schooner 'Flight'" by Derek Walcott

In news:

'Tempest' to make landfall .
Jim Dumer, a newcomer to Landfall politics, defeated mayor Greg "Flash" Feldbrugge in his re-election bid.
A week ago today, superstorm Sandy powered ashore, making landfall in the US and wreaking havoc across the northeast.
From birth to landfall .
Robert Siegel talks with Associated Press correspondent Katie Zezima, who was in Atlantic City, N.J. Close to where Sandy made landfall .
Bracing for Sandy's landfall .
Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, earlier this evening.
Hurricane Sandy has made landfall in New Jersey Monday evening.
Sandy to make landfall along southern Jersey Shore.
Obama, Romney cancel campaign events as superstorm nears landfall .
At 8 pm EDT, Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City.
Hurricane Sandy methodically knocked out power across the East Coast Monday night, with hundreds of thousands of customers losing electricity as the superstorm made landfall .
Storm Sandy makes landfall on New Jersey coast: US National Hurricane Center.
Cost to Insure US Treasurys Rises 10% as Hurricane Nears Landfall .
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall Monday evening, and with its size and strength, has the potential to menace 50 million people.

In science:

In this case, there have been no landfalling hurricanes at all in the recent period.
Year ahead prediction of US landfalling hurricane numbers: the optimal combination of long and short baselines for intense hurricanes
Year ahead prediction of US landfalling hurricane numbers: the optimal combination of long and short baselines. arxiv:physics/0512113, 2005.
Year ahead prediction of US landfalling hurricane numbers: the optimal combination of long and short baselines for intense hurricanes
Risk estimation models used in the industry often treat the probability of hurricanes making landfall in a particular area as independent Poisson processes characterised by their historical mean.
Interactions of point vortices in the Zabusky-McWilliams model with a background flow