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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Examples of terra firma in a Sentence

after that nightmarish storm, the sailors were grateful to reach terra firma
Recent Examples on the Web When terror forced airliners to find terra firma on 9/11 — as all U.S.-bound air traffic was ordered to land — 38 of those planes descended on Gander, Newfoundland. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 Unlike boring ordinary train lines that stay determinedly fixed to terra firma, suspension railways dangle beneath a track suspended from pylons. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 16 May 2022 Before this study, space anemia was thought to be a short-term adaptation of the human body, but the work reveals the impacts last at least a year after returning to terra firma. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2022 The suit provided that otherworldly experience, with feet very much on terra firma. Jonathan O'callaghan, Wired, 7 Dec. 2021 The Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky once tried to do it as a 14-hour production and, for some odd reason, couldn’t get the project off terra firma. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Advances in physical and mental health surveillance, prevention, and medical treatments are still needed for astronaut health care, and can push forward technology to monitor, treat, and prevent conditions on terra firma. Lisa Suennen, STAT, 26 Sep. 2021 As with SpaceX, Blue’s rockets generally return to terra firma unharmed. Steven Levy, Wired, 19 July 2021 Certainly, the reusable nature of the Branson and Bezos programs (the reverse thrusters of the Amazon chief's booster brought it into a pinpoint landing shortly before his capsule hit terra firma) could be important. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose, CNN, 20 July 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of terra firma was in 1638

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24 May 2022

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“Terra firma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20firma. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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