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landscape (n.)

c. 1600, "painting representing an extensive view of natural scenery," from Dutch landschap "landscape," in art, a secondary sense from Middle Dutch landscap "region," from land "land" (see land) + -scap "-ship, condition" (see -ship).

A painters' term; the non-artistic meaning "tract of land with its distinguishing characteristics" is an extended sense from 1886. Similar formation in Old English landscipe "region," Old High German lantscaf, German Landschaft, Old Norse landskapr, Danish landskab "a region, district, province."

landscape (v.)

"to lay out lawns, gardens, etc., plant trees for the sake of beautification," by 1916, from landscape (n.) in its non-artistic sense. Earlier it was used in an artistic sense, "to represent in a landscape setting" (1660s). Related: Landscaped; landscaping.

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Definitions of landscape from WordNet
1
landscape (n.)
an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view;
landscape (n.)
painting depicting an expanse of natural scenery;
landscape (n.)
a genre of art dealing with the depiction of natural scenery;
Synonyms: landscape painting
landscape (n.)
an extensive mental viewpoint;
the political landscape looks bleak without a change of administration
we changed the landscape for solving the problem of payroll inequity
2
landscape (v.)
embellish with plants;
Let's landscape the yard
landscape (v.)
do landscape gardening;
My sons landscapes for corporations and earns a good living
From wordnet.princeton.edu