American English

Definition of landscape noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] everything you can see when you look across a large area of land, especially in the country the bleak/rugged/dramatic, etc. landscape of the area the mountains and deserts that are typical features of the Western landscape an urban/industrial landscape (figurative) We can expect changes in the political landscape. Thesauruscountrylandscape countryside terrain land sceneryThese are all words for areas away from towns and cities, with fields, woods, and (often the country) an area that is away from towns and cities, especially one with particular natural, social, or economic features:She lives in the country. Texas is cattle country.landscape everything that you can see when you look across a large area of land, especially in the country:Iowa's landscape is mostly flat and grassy.countryside land outside towns and cities, with fields, woods, and farms. Countryside is usually used when you are talking about the beauty or peacefulness of a country area:a little town in the Vermont countrysideterrain (formal) land Terrain is used when you are describing the natural features of an area, for example if it is rough, flat, etc:The truck bumped its way over the rough (usually the land) an area for farming:He has worked the land for twenty years. My parents grow all their own food and live off the land.scenery the natural features of an area, such as mountains, valleys, rivers, and forests, especially when these are attractive to look at:We stopped on the mountain pass to admire the scenery.Patterns mountainous/wild/rugged country/landscape/countryside/terrain/scenery beautiful/glorious/dramatic country/landscape/countryside/scenery open country/landscape/countryside/terrain/land rolling landscape/countryside to protect the landscape/countryside/land
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a painting of a view of the countryside; this style of painting an artist famous for his landscapes She specializes in landscapes. Topic CollocationsFine Artscreating art make a work of art/a drawing/a sketch/a sculpture/a statue/an engraving/an etching/a print do an oil painting/a self-portrait/a line drawing/a rough sketch create a work of art/an artwork/paintings and sculptures produce paintings/portraits/oil sketches/his most celebrated work/a series of prints paint a picture/a landscape/a portrait/a mural/in oils/in watercolors/on canvas draw a picture/a portrait/a cartoon/a sketch/a line/a figure/the human form/in charcoal/in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/a figure/a shape/an outline carve a figure/an image/a sculpture/an altarpiece/reliefs/a block of wood sculpt a (portrait) bust/a statue/an abstract figure etch a line/pattern/design/name into the glass mix colors/pigments/paints add/apply thin/thick layers of paint/color/pigment use oil pastels/charcoal/acrylic paint/a can of spray paint work in bronze/ceramics/stone/oils/pastels/watercolors/a wide variety of mediadescribing art paint/depict a female figure/a biblical scene/a pastoral landscape/a domestic interior have/express/depict/illustrate a traditional/mythological/historical/religious theme create an abstract composition/a richly textured surface/a distorted perspective paint dark/rich/flesh tones use broad brush strokes/loose brushwork/vibrant colors/a limited palette/simple geometric forms develop/adopt/paint in a stylized manner/an abstract styleshowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/a bronze bust of somebody/a portrait/a religious work/an artist to paint something frame a painting/a portrait/a piece/an artwork hang art/a picture/a painting/a piece/an artwork display/exhibit modern art/somebody's work/a collection/original artwork/ drawings/sculptures/a piece be displayed/hung in a gallery/museum install/place a sculpture in/at/on something erect/unveil/dedicate a bronze/marble statue hold/host/mount/open/curate/see an exhibition/exhibit be/go on exhibit feature/promote/showcase contemporary works/a conceptual artist collect African art/modern American paintings/Japanese prints restore/preserve great works of art/a fresco
  3. 3[uncountable] (technology) the way of printing a document in which the top of the page is one of the longer sides Select the landscape option when printing the file. compare portrait
  4. Idioms
    a blot on the landscape
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    an object, especially an ugly building, that spoils the beauty of a place
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: landscape