terra firma

noun ter·ra fir·ma \ ˌter-ə-ˈfər-mə also -ˈfir- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of terra firma

: dry land : solid ground

Examples of terra firma in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of terra firma

New Latin, literally, solid land

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TERRA FIRMA Defined for English Language Learners

terra firma

Definition of terra firma for English Language Learners

  • : dry and solid ground as compared to air or water



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