Definition of terra firma in English:

terra firma


  • [mass noun] Dry land; the ground as distinct from the sea or air.

    ‘they needed to rest themselves on terra firma’
    • ‘What makes apparently sane people leave the comfort of terra firma to fly, to glide, to fall, to swoop or to jump out of planes at 12,000 feet?’
    • ‘Back on terra firma with a coldie firmly in hand, my dive buddies and I could only agree that it had been a truly spectacular day of diving - and even better, we'd had both dive sites to ourselves.’
    • ‘Time it right to miss the queues and just minutes after leaving terra firma you are 102 floors up in the open air with executive helicopters passing underneath you.’
    • ‘A world record holding hydroplane which for more than a decade has idled on terra firma in a South Lakeland museum is to take to the water again.’
    • ‘It was an extra specially good feeling to have terra firma under my feet.’
    • ‘A Furness pilot is relishing the feel of terra firma after he took to the skies for 11 days in order to bring home a new aircraft for his skydiving school.’
    • ‘However, despite some water coming into the boat, I think he rode the rough waters pretty well and got us back on terra firma safely.’
    • ‘On terra firma the young albatross is hopelessly clumsy, but once gliding, it's poetry on the wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the darkness, however, the crew, and pilots, did not know how secure it was and they scrambled off the boat for the safety of terra firma.’
    • ‘Seven days later he crash-landed on terra firma with the same pilot, and they reached an amicable agreement never to fly together again.’
    • ‘I now know how the ancient mariners must have felt seeing the signs of terra firma after a long voyage.’
    • ‘The river plunge took place at midday and for some it was a quick jump from the slipway and five or six seconds in the shock-inducing water before making their way back to terra firma.’
    • ‘James did not quite manage to clear the 12 cars he was aiming for - he landed on the 10th and managed to drive himself over the remaining two to reach terra firma.’
    • ‘Two more adventurers will be sticking 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.’
    • ‘In only his second outing for the season aboard a brand new Taurus, Gee will be determined to show the local fans what he is capable of when all four wheels remained planted on terra firma.’
    • ‘There is something for everyone at this year's Biggin Hill International Air Fair, even those who prefer staying on terra firma.’
    • ‘As he and Luke came in for a perfect cornfield landing, I ran over to welcome them back to terra firma.’
    • ‘In Scotland this week, a senior consultant to the American space programme will detail elaborate plans to prevent contamination being brought back to terra firma by missions to Mars.’
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Early 17th century (denoting the territories on the Italian mainland which were subject to the state of Venice): from Latin, literally firm land.


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