terra firma

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Terra firma firm or solid earth, as opposed to water.
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Quotations

  • George S. Kaufman
    George S. Kaufman
    “I like terra firma; the more firma, the less terra.”
  • Gilbert Adair
    Gilbert Adair
    “The earth is mankind's ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma. When it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, it's as though one of God's checks has bounced.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Once more on terra firma, we lay gasping for some minutes before we spoke.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
We took his advice, and, without much difficulty, found ourselves once more on terra firma.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
How good once more to step foot on terra firma!
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Bruin was now on terra firma, and was on his way, wagging his great head, developing an alarming rate of speed.
"The Young Miner" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Let us keep on till we've set our feet on something more like terra firma.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
We investigate, beforehand, down on terra firma.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Miss Barnes felt that she was stepping off terra firma, and lighting on Mars, so strange and muddled was this new world she had entered upon.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Refreshed by wholesome nourishment, they reposed with rapture for one night on terra firma; but the rising sun discovered new perils.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
My word, if ever I meet you on terra firma, I won't forget to chip you.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
Or was it, as others think, terra firma when the Scheldt emptied itself into the Meuse?
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
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In news:

If Texas painters didn't have the vast expanse of terra firma known as Big Bend , what would they paint.
Police investigate shooting on Terra Firma Road.
Agreed to Sell Annington to Terra Firma .
Hands's Terra Firma Said to Plan $5.6 Billion Annington Deal.
Kent/Euroclean walks tall on Terra firma .
Satellites Seek Terra Firma .
Cheers to the future of Brewery Terra Firma at their ground breaking ceremony in Traverse City, October 21, 2012.
Brewery Terra Firma Breaks Ground.
Oct 19, 2012 Brewery Terra Firma/ Lindsey Perry.
No Terra Firma For This Soft Landing.
Lands' End Looks For Terra Firma.
Agreed to Sell Annington to Terra Firma.
Last Wednesday, in an op-ed for The Orange County Register, the Cato Institute's Gene Healy made the case that while amazing, our newest "R/C" space crusade to Martian terra firma is ultimately unaffordable.
For its food classes, the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op uses honey from bee hives on Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova and melons from Terra Firma Farms in Winters.
Chef Jeff Rossman's Standing on Terra Firma.
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