Origin of terracing
- 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.
- to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.
Origin of terrace
Examples from the Web for terracing
But this method of terracing the hills is not to be considered, by any means, as a common practice in China.
He spoke of the vineyards of Madeira where slopes as incorrigibly steep as these were redeemed by terracing.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
A striking feature of the farming is the manner of terracing the sides of the hills and mountains.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
The alluvial platforms are of great extent, and so nearly level, that no terracing is required for purposes of irrigation.
The cultivation round this village was on a level plain without any terracing.
- a series of terraces, esp one dividing a slope into a steplike system of flat narrow fields
- the act of making a terrace or terraces
- another name for terrace (def. 7a)
- a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
- a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
- (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 plural)
- unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
- the spectators themselves
- (tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
Word Origin and History for terracing
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.
- To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.