terra firma


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terra fir·ma

 (fûr′mə)
n.
Solid ground; dry land.

[New Latin : Latin terra, earth + Latin firma, feminine of firmus, solid.]

terra firma

(ˈfɜːmə)
n
the solid earth; firm ground
[C17: from Latin]

ter′ra fir′ma

(ˈfɜr mə)
n.
firm or solid earth; dry land (as opposed to water or air).
[1595–1605; < Latin]

terra firma

A Latin phrase meaning firm ground, used to mean the land as opposed to the sea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terra firma - the solid part of the earth's surfaceterra firma - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
archipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of water
beachfront - a strip of land running along a beach
cape, ness - a strip of land projecting into a body of water
coastal plain - a plain adjacent to a coast
earth, globe, world - the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"
floor - the ground on which people and animals move about; "the fire spared the forest floor"
foreland - land forming the forward margin of something
timberland, woodland, forest, timber - land that is covered with trees and shrubs
island - a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
isthmus - a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
land mass, landmass - a large continuous extent of land
mainland - the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula
neck - a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
oxbow - the land inside an oxbow bend in a river
peninsula - a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
champaign, plain, field - extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
slash - an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
wonderland - a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
Translations

terra firma

[ˌterəˈfɜːmə] Ntierra f firme

terra firma

[ˌtɛrəˈfɜːrmə] n
to be on terra firma → être sur la terre ferme

terra firma

nfester Boden; to be on terra firma againwieder festen Boden unter den Füßen haben
References in classic literature ?
They went to work at once, plowing, barrowing, rolling, furrowing, in admirable order, as if they were bent on making this a model farm; but when I was looking sharp to see what kind of seed they dropped into the furrow, a gang of fellows by my side suddenly began to hook up the virgin mould itself, with a peculiar jerk, clean down to the sand, or rather the water -- for it was a very springy soil -- indeed all the terra firma there was -- and haul it away on sleds, and then I guessed that they must be cutting peat in a bog.
Deep ruts and "cradle-holes" were worn in the ice, as on terra firma, by the passage of the sleds over the same track, and the horses invariably ate their oats out of cakes of ice hollowed out like buckets.
And then they returned to terra firma, that is to say, to some passage that led them to the little girls' dancing-school, where brats between six and ten were practising their steps, in the hope of becoming great dancers one day, "covered with diamonds.
Around this fragment of terra firma grew reeds as lofty as trees are in Europe, and stretching away out of sight.
It was a trembling and ashen-hued Usanga who tumbled out of the fuselage, for his nerves were still on edge as a result of the harrowing experience of the loop, yet with terra firma once more under foot, he quickly regained his composure.
She was silent a little after I had ceased speaking; then she inquired, "If you are so fond of a garden why don't you go to terra firma, where there are so many far better than this?
Believe me, and take comfort, this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds, even were they not as problematical as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea, which we take for terra firma, and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them.
However, though my little periagua was finished, yet the size of it was not at all answerable to the design which I had in view when I made the first; I mean of venturing over to the TERRA FIRMA, where it was above forty miles broad; accordingly, the smallness of my boat assisted to put an end to that design, and now I thought no more of it.
I had hooked the ladder beautifully to the inner sill of wood, and had also let down the extended rod for the more expeditious removal of both on our return to terra firma.
Contractor name : TERRA FIRMA SOIL STABILIZATION AND SURFACING, LLC
As well as raising a new fund, Terra Firma is also set to put its Odeon and UCI business up for sale later this year, having mothballed a PS1bn sale at the end of 2013.
Raveh T, Gilead LT, Wexler MR: Terra firma forme dermatosis.