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Solid ground; dry land.
[New Latin : Latin terra, earth + Latin firma, feminine of firmus, solid.]
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the solid earth; firm ground
[C17: from Latin]
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ter′ra fir′ma(ˈfɜr mə)
firm or solid earth; dry land (as opposed to water or air).
[1595–1605; < Latin]
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A Latin phrase meaning firm ground, used to mean the land as opposed to the sea.
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|Noun||1.||terra 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
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
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
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
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terra firma[ˌtɛrəˈfɜːrmə] n
to be on terra firma → être sur la terre ferme
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