› TRANSPORT the act of an aircraft arriving on the ground, or of a boat reaching land: The plane made a safe landing on Lake Michigan beach. The pilot was cleared for an emergency landing after reporting smoke in the cockpit.
› TRANSPORT, COMMERCE the act of taking goods off an aircraft or boat, or the amounts that are taken off: His job is to supervise the loading and landing of goods at the quayside. Records of fish and shellfish landings must be submitted to the authorities that are monitoring fish stocks. → See also hard landing, soft landing