terra firma

ter·ra fir·ma | \ˌter-ə-ˈfər-mə also -ˈfir- \

Definition of terra firma 

: dry land : solid ground

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Synonyms for terra firma


dirt, dust, earth, ground, land, soil

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Examples of terra firma in a Sentence

after that nightmarish storm, the sailors were grateful to reach terra firma

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But once on terra firma, Kerr sure can stick a landing. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Red Stars embrace Australian sensation Samantha Kerr — but 'Chicago doesn’t really know she’s here yet'," 2 June 2018 But even if the Falcon Heavy’s main core didn’t successfully return to terra firma, the mission was still a success, allowing Musk’s Tesla Roadster to find its new home in space. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, "The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Was Almost Perfect," 7 Feb. 2018 The Boston Red Sox were a real buzzkill for the Angels and Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday night, the team with the best record in baseball knocking the seemingly otherworldly two-way star back to terra firma. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Angels lose Ohtani to a blister, fall to Red Sox 10-1," 18 Apr. 2018 Yupik tradition, for example, holds that beluga whales once lived on land and long to return to terra firma. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 Back on terra firma, a last night in San Juan could be spent listening to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 20 Mar. 2018 Bonadurer explained that sunlight bouncing off the Earth reflects off the moon, which allows folks on terra firma to see the entire moon. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Venus shines brightly tonight, which is why it's No. 1 report of UFOs," 19 Mar. 2018 But then there are those who think a day without putting a little sunlight between the tires and terra firma is a day not worth living. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: Be a Tough Guy, or Just Look Like One," 8 Feb. 2018 Longtime California residents know that terra firma isn’t so firm after all. David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: California poetry: Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s ‘Interrupted Geography’," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of terra firma

: dry and solid ground as compared to air or water

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