terra firma

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

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 Subsections of humanity will have made the migration from terra firma to the mighty oceans decades earlier. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Future ahoy: Are you ready to live in a floating city?," 3 Oct. 2019 So, today’s leap was quite a bit higher than Starhopper’s three previous forays off of terra firma. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "SpaceX Starhopper Rocket Prototype Aces Highest (and Final) Test Flight," 28 Aug. 2019 Back on terra firma, consider spending your last night in San Juan at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferre. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 6 Aug. 2019 Like Adele, Sheeran represents pop’s terra firma, an antidote to the disorienting blitz of viral hits, social-media stunts, and genre splintering. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Ed Sheeran and Friends," 22 July 2019 The organizers of EAA AirVenture — the huge aviation convention and daily airshow that transforms the skies and terra firma of Oshkosh for one week each July — have much to be thankful for. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The EAA AirVenture is turning 50 and Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins will be in Oshkosh to help celebrate," 18 July 2019 The aurora australis keep a lower profile simply due to a dearth of viewing platforms on terra firma. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Dazzling Celestial Displays—and Where to See Them," 8 Apr. 2019 But this muddy little hunk of terra firma in the South Pacific presents enough unsolved mysteries to keep Slayback busy for a while. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 The lack of terra firma did not deter a pair of advertising executives from declaring the patch to be an actual place. Jonathan Alcorn, National Geographic, "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is," 22 Mar. 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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18 Nov 2019

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“Terra firma.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20firma. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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