The solid ground of the earth. Ground or soil: tilled the land. A topographically or functionally distinct tract: desert land; prime building land. A nation; a country. The people of a nation, district, or region. Territorial possessions or property. Public or private landed property; real estate. Law A tract that may be owned, together with everything growing or constructed on it. Law A landed estate. An agricultural or farming area: wanted to buy a house on the land. Farming considered as a way of life: "The 'back to the land movement' began a couple years ago at the peak of South Korea's economic development and has roots in environmentalism and Buddhist philosophy.\u201d ( Michael Baker). An area or realm: the land of make-believe; the land of television. The raised portion of a grooved surface, as on a phonograph record. To bring to and unload on land: land cargo. To set (a vehicle) down on land or another surface: land an airplane smoothly; land a seaplane on a lake. Informal To cause to arrive in a place or condition: Civil disobedience will land you in jail. To catch and pull in (a fish): landed a big catfish. Informal To win; secure: land a big contract. Informal To deliver: landed a blow on his opponent's head. To come to shore: landed against the current with great difficulty. To disembark: landed at a crowded dock. To descend toward and settle onto the ground or another surface: The helicopter has landed. Informal To arrive in a place or condition: landed at the theater too late for the opening curtain; landed in trouble for being late. To come to rest in a certain way or place: slipped and landed on his shoulder.