The part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water, as opposed to the sea or the air. A country. The space between the rifling grooves in a gun. Put (someone or something) on land from a boat. Come down through the air and alight on the ground. Cause someone to be in (a difficult or unwelcome situation). Inflict (a blow) on someone. Forming nouns denoting a particular sphere of activity or group of people. (in Germany or Austria) a state.