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 Rather than defaulting to zero-water planting, both firms take a holistic tack, trying to incorporate the right mix of native plants that won’t tax the terra firma. Kelsey Keith, ELLE Decor, "Yes, Anyone Can Make Their Backyard More Eco-Friendly," 31 Mar. 2021 That Netflix series, with its similar touches of the supernatural, was set in the 1980s and was true to its time (at least its time spent on recognizable terra firma). John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Irregulars’ Review: Sherlock’s Supernatural Scoundrels," 25 Mar. 2021 But Piedmont is not only firmly Italian but of Italian terra firma, with its rich gastronomy deeply rooted to the land. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, "Where Truffles And Wine Reign," 19 Mar. 2021 During the transition from water to terra firma, organisms developed alternating limb movements, grew toes and began using a substrate for propulsion. Scientific American, "Watching Lungfish Walk the Walk," 12 Dec. 2011 In some places, what appears to be terra firma is actually just a thin crust—and what lies beneath can be perilous. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Boiling Chickens in Yellowstone’s Hot Springs Is Illegal," 13 Nov. 2020 With destinations including The Holy Land, the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and South America, that means there is certainly as much to see from terra firma as there is from the water. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Cruise Deals for 2021 and Beyond," 30 Oct. 2020 This Halloween the moon will be 252,000 miles from Earth, which is fairly far away compared with super moons when their orbits bring them closer to terra firma. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There will be a full moon on Halloween this year for the first time in almost two decades," 26 Oct. 2020 Its 16,000 members operate largely from terra firma with the job of protecting America’s orbiting assets while coming up with new ways to outmaneuver and defeat adversaries who threaten them. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Space Force and NASA sort out who’s defending the planet from threats from the heavens and on Earth," 15 Oct. 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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The first known use of terra firma was in 1638

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6 Apr 2021

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“Terra firma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20firma. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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