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[ter-uh s] /ˈtɛr əs/
a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
the top of such a construction, used as a platform, garden, road, etc.
a nearly level strip of land with a more or less abrupt descent along the margin of the sea, a lake, or a river.
the flat roof of a house.
an open, often paved area connected to a house or an apartment house and serving as an outdoor living area; deck.
an open platform, as projecting from the outside wall of an apartment; a large balcony.
a row of houses on or near the top of a slope.
a residential street following the top of a slope.
verb (used with or without object), terraced, terracing.
to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.
Origin of terrace
1505-15; earlier terrasse < Middle French < Old Provençal terrassa < Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus. See terra, -aceous
Related forms
terraceless, adjective
unterraced, adjective Unabridged
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  • Without a moment's hesitation, she flew along the terrace towards the wing of the house occupied by Sir Percy.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The old pony trotted towards the terrace, as if expecting notice.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She then placed two flower pots near the balustrade on the terrace of the house.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • Somebody was standing on the terrace as he approached, and hailed him excitedly.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The terrace was thronged with the good Havre folks, husbands and wives and families enjoying the Sunday afternoon apéritif.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for terrace


a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
  1. a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
  2. (cap when part of a street name): Grosvenor Terrace
a paved area alongside a building, serving partly as a garden
a balcony or patio
the flat roof of a house built in a Spanish or Oriental style
a flat area bounded by a short steep slope formed by the down-cutting of a river or by erosion
(usually pl)
  1. unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
  2. the spectators themselves
(transitive) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
Derived Forms
terraceless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French terrasse, from Old Provençal terrassa pile of earth, from terra earth, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for terrace

1510s, "gallery, portico, balcony," later "flat, raised place for walking" (1570s), from Middle French terrace, from Old French terrasse "platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth)," from Vulgar Latin *terracea, fem. of *terraceus "earthen, earthy," from Latin terra "earth, land" (see terrain). As a natural formation in geology, attested from 1670s.

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terrace in Medicine

terrace ter·race (těr'ĭs)
v. ter·raced, ter·rac·ing, ter·rac·es
To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.

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