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 Dictionary entry overview: What does terra firma mean? 

  The noun TERRA FIRMA has 1 sense:

1. the solid part of the earth's surface

  Familiarity information: TERRA FIRMA used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1terra firma [BACK TO TOP]


The solid part of the earth's surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


dry land; ground; solid ground; terra firma; earth; land

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("terra firma" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "terra firma"):

wonderland (a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder)

slash (an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind))

champaign; field; plain (extensive tract of level open land)

peninsula (a large mass of land projecting into a body of water)

oxbow (the land inside an oxbow bend in a river)

neck (a narrow elongated projecting strip of land)

mainland (the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula)

landmass (a large continuous extent of land)

isthmus (a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas)

island (a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water)

forest; timber; timberland; woodland (land that is covered with trees and shrubs)

foreland (land forming the forward margin of something)

floor (the ground on which people and animals move about)

coastal plain (a plain adjacent to a coast)

cape; ness (a strip of land projecting into a body of water)

beachfront (a strip of land running along a beach)

archipelago (a group of many islands in a large body of water)

Instance hyponyms:

America (North America and South America and Central America)

Holonyms ("terra firma" is a part of...):

Earth; globe; world (the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on)

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