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Terra Firma

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Definition of the noun terra firma

What does terra firma mean as a name of something?


  1. the solid part of the earth's surface
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of terra firma: dry land / earth / ground / land / solid ground
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • floor = the ground on which people and animals move about
      • 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
      • 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 / field / plain = extensive tract of level open land
      • slash = an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging
      • wonderland = a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
    • instance: America = North America and South America and Central America
    • part of: earth / globe / world = the 3rd planet from the sun

Alternative definition of the noun terra firma


  1. land, as opposed to water or air.


Terra Firma is a musical group.

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Google previewLexicon of Antarctic Stratigraphic Names Introduced by Members of United States Expeditions (1972)

by Warren Wegner, Campbell Craddock

Terra Firma Volcanics 1. First published use Nichols, R.L. Bedrock geology of Marguerite Bay area, Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica: Ronne Ant. Res. Exped. Tech . Rept. 13, Office of Naval Research, Washington, D.C., 60 pp., 1955. 2. Definition ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Terra FiRMA.otherwisecalledNEwCAS- tils. or Cast eila del Oro, a country of America, bounded on the north by the North Sea and part of the Atlantic Ocean, by the fame sea and Guiana on the E. by the country of the Amazons and Peru on the ...

Google previewA New Geographical Dictionary ... to which is now added the latitude and longitude of the most considerable cities and towns,&c., of the world, omitted in the first publication, etc (1738)

TERRA FIRMA, or CASTILE DEL ORO, a large Coun. of S. America, bordering on N. America, bou, on the E. & N. by the N. Sea so called, in contral)istinction to that on theW.Side of America, that is called the S. Sea, W. by the S. Sea & the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Terra Firma isa veiy mounts country. Terra Firma Proper, in parti- □si cjr.fifts of prodigious high mountains, and JpTjlifp flooded more than half the year. . The mountains in the provinces of Carthagena and gt Martha, according' to Dampiet, are ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

TERRA FIrma, in Geography, is fometimes used for a continent, in contradistinétion to iflands. TERBA Firma, otherwife called New Castile, or Castella del Org, a country of America, bounded on the north by the North fea and part of the Atlantic ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

- TERRACINA- TERRA FIRMA. TERRACINA, t'r-rá-Ghānd (anc. Tarracina): town of central Italy,

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal (2003)

by Daniel Bukszpan, Ronnie James Dio

Nito Moosebeach: bass Hailing from Sweden, Terra Firma boasts guitarist Freddie Eugene of the death metal band ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1810)

Terra Firma is situated between 60° and 82° west son. gitude, and the equator and 12° north latitude; its length is 14oo miles, and its breadth 7oo : it is bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, (called there the North Sea;) on the east by the ...

Google previewA Geographical Dictionary (1817)

Or Universal Gazetteer, Ancient and Modern in Two Volumes by Joseph Emerson Worcester

Terra Firma. Under this name is comprehended a vast extent ofcountry, and, considered as a government under the authority of the crown of Spain, comprehends several extensive provinces, and three audiences, which are fixed at Panama ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

terra firma /te-ruh fer-muh/ n. dry land; the ground. – origin Latin, 'firm land'. terrain /te-rayn/ n. a stretch of land seen in terms of its physical features: rough terrain. – origin French. terra incognita /te-ruh ...

Google previewThe General Gazetteer, Or, Compendious Geographical Dictionary, in Miniature (1823)

Containing a Description of the Empires, Kingdoms, States, Provinces, Cities, Towns, Ports, Seas, Harbours, Rivers, Mountains, Lakes, &c. in the Known World with the Government, Customs, Manners, and Religion of Its Inhabitants by Richard Brookes

TERRA FIRMA, or TIERRA F1 RMA, a kingdom of S_America, bounded on the N by the Caribbean Sea, on the NE by the Atlantic, on the SE by Guiana and Amazonia, on the S by New Granada, and on the W by the Pacific Ocean and the ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Britannica; Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, &c. on a Plan Entirely New (1783)

By Which, the Different Sciences and Arts are Digested Into the Form of Distinct Treatises Or Systems, Comprehending the History, Theory, and Practice, of Each, According to the Latest Discoveries and Improvements; and Full Explanations Given of the Various Detached Parts of Knowledge, Whether Relating to Natural and Artificial Objects, Or to Matters Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, Commercial, &c., Together with a Description of All Countries, Cities ... a General History, Ancient and Modern, of the Different Empires, Kingdoms and States, and an Account of the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation, from the Earliest Ages Down to the Present Times ...

Terra Firma, in geography, is sometimes used for a continent, in contradistinétion to islands. TeRRA Firma, otherwise called New Castile, or Castilla del Oro, a country of America, bounded on the north by the North Sea and part of the Atlantic ...

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People like terra firma, and they should be allowed to walk where they wish. (Stephen Gardiner)
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