3 definitions found
terra fir·ma /-ˈfɝmə ||ˈfɪr-/
Ter·ra n. The earth; earth.
Terra alba [L., white earth] Com., a white amorphous earthy substance consisting of burnt gypsum, aluminium silicate (kaolin), or some similar ingredient, as magnesia. It is sometimes used to adulterate certain foods, spices, candies, paints, etc.
Terra cotta. [It., fr. terra earth + cotta, fem. of cotto cooked, L. coctus, p. p. of coquere to cook. See Cook, n.] Baked clay; a kind of hard pottery used for statues, architectural decorations, figures, vases, and the like.
Terrae filius [L., son of the earth], formerly, one appointed to write a satirical Latin poem at the public acts in the University of Oxford; -- not unlike the prevaricator at Cambridge, England.
Terra firma [L.], firm or solid earth, as opposed to water.
Terra Japonica. [NL.] Same as Gambier. It was formerly supposed to be a kind of earth from Japan.
Terra Lemnia [L., Lemnian earth], Lemnian earth. See under Lemnian.
Terra ponderosa [L., ponderous earth] Min., barite, or heavy spar.
Terra di Sienna. See Sienna.
n : 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" [syn: land, dry land, earth, ground, solid