Definition of terra firma in English:

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terra firma

Pronunciation: /ˈfəːmə/


[mass noun]
Dry land; the ground as distinct from the sea or air: they needed to rest themselves on terra firma
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  • Illustrated with pictures from space as well as a few taken on terra firma it deals with all aspects of weather both devastating and wonderful.
  • As he and Luke came in for a perfect cornfield landing, I ran over to welcome them back to terra firma.
  • With the use of a winch and a small farm tractor or other large vehicle, the tower can be safely lowered to the ground and wind plant checks can be performed on terra firma.


Early 17th century (denoting the territories on the Italian mainland which were subject to the state of Venice): from Latin, literally 'firm land'.

Words that rhyme with terra firma

affirmer, Burma, derma, Irma, murmur, squirmer, wormer

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