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Definition of terra firma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

terra firma

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌterə ˈfɜːmə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrmə//
 
[uncountable] (from Latin, usually humorous)
 
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safe dry land, as contrasted with water or air synonym dry land After two days at sea, it was good to be back on terra firma again. Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting the territories on the Italian mainland which were subject to the state of Venice): from Latin, literally ‘firm land’.
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