2. [syn: landmark, turning point, watershed]
3. a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land;
4. an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Landmark \Land"mark`\, n. [AS. landmearc. See Land, and Mark
1. A mark to designate the boundary of land; any mark or
fixed object (as a marked tree, a stone, a ditch, or a
heap of stones) by which the limits of a farm, a town, or
other portion of territory may be known and preserved.
2. Any conspicuous object on land that serves as a guide;
some prominent object, as a hill or steeple.
3. A structure that has special significance, such as a
building with historical associations; especially, a
building that is protected from destruction or alteration
by special laws intended to preserve structures of
historical significance; as, a landmark preservation law.
4. An event or accomplishment of great significance; as,
Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark of the civil
rights movement. Also used attributively, as a landmark
Landmarks of history, important events by which eras or
conditions are determined.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the position of a prominent or well-known object in a
particular landscape; "the church steeple provided a
2: an event marking a unique or important historical change of
course or one on which important developments depend; "the
agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"
[syn: landmark, turning point, watershed]
3: a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land
4: an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating
other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from
which measurements can be taken
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
68 Moby Thesaurus words for "landmark":
bench mark, bookmark, cairn, cardinal point, catstone, chief thing,
climax, core, cornerstone, crisis, critical, critical point,
crucial, crux, essence, essential, essential matter, feature,
fundamental, gist, gravamen, great point, guide, guidepost, heart,
high point, historic, identification, important, important thing,
issue, kernel, keystone, lighthouse, lightship, main point,
main thing, major, mark, marker, material point, meat, menhir,
milepost, milestone, momentous, monument, notable, noteworthy, nub,
pharos, pith, pivot, pivotal, platform, real issue, salient point,
seamark, significant, sine qua non, substance, substantive point,
the bottom line, the point, tower, turning point, watchtower,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
a boundary line indicated by a stone, stake, etc. (Deut. 19:14;
27:17; Prov. 22:28; 23:10; Job 24:2). Landmarks could not be
removed without incurring the severe displeasure of God.