soft-land


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soft-land

(sôft′lănd′, sŏft′-)
intr. & tr.v. soft-land·ed, soft-land·ing, soft-lands
To make or cause to make a soft landing.
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The success made China the third country, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to soft-land on the moon.
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If the Chang'e 3 successfully soft-lands on the moon, China will become the third country to do so, after the United States and the former Soviet Union.