terra firma

ter·​ra fir·​ma | \ ˌter-ə-ˈfər-mə How to pronounce terra firma (audio) also -ˈfir- \

Definition of terra firma

: dry land : solid ground

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after that nightmarish storm, the sailors were grateful to reach terra firma
Recent Examples on the Web Climate School Jeff Goodell has written an excellent piece on climate change and the oceans, reminding us that salt water covers seventy per cent of the planet, and that, if the oceans are heating fast, the effects on terra firma will be enormous. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Will the Coronavirus Kill the Oil Industry?," 9 Apr. 2020 But here on terra firma, real-time ministers are pivoting to provide virtual comfort to their flocks in this global health pandemic. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "In San Francisco, Easter Mass will count its blessings via YouTube and streaming," 7 Apr. 2020 When Elizabeth Warren entered politics in late 2011, Massachusetts no longer felt like political terra firma. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "In Warren’s first electric campaign, glimpses of the future," 25 Jan. 2020 One balloon stays behind and, for a $5 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, guests can climb inside the wicker basket and hover 20 to 30 feet above terra firma. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Bowman artfully fleshes out her 2D counterpart, keeping the fable and the fantastic visuals anchored in emotional terra firma. oregonlive, "‘Frozen, the Musical’ brings maximum spectacle and pure magic to Portland," 9 Mar. 2020 Unlike weather stations down on terra firma, these satellites have no trouble watching electrical current zip between distant clouds. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Extreme Weather-Tracking Satellites Prepare for Launch," 27 Feb. 2020 Local knowledge of Boho’s unique terra firma may date to the mystical Druids, who occupied the land around 1,500 years ago, and perhaps stretches as far back as the Neolithic Age 3,500 years before that. Smithsonian, "Soil From a Northern Ireland Graveyard May Lead Scientists to a Powerful New Antibiotic," 19 Dec. 2019 How does a year in orbit impact one twin while the other stayed on terra firma as the control? CNN, "CNN 10 - February 3, 2020," 2 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of terra firma

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terra firma

New Latin, literally, solid land

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5 May 2020

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“Terra firma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20firma. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of terra firma

: dry and solid ground as compared to air or water

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