- 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 terraced
At the center of allegations about a political cover-up is a nondescript Edwardian terraced house in West London.Alleged U.K. Parliamentary Pedophile Ring Hushed Up for Decades
July 8, 2014
They showed my mother, laughing on a terraced hill, land stitched with olive trees.On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother
September 10, 2013
“Requiem for the Croppies” Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful
August 30, 2013
"Tell me about yourself," she commanded, when we were beyond the flights of terraced steps.The Bacillus of Beauty
The fort, with four bastions, terraced and palisaded, has a garrison.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The amphitheatre of hills is terraced with olive-orchards and vineyards.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
The parapets of our terraced roofs were higher than my head.My Reminiscences
The crown of all this terraced glory is the great cathedral.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
- 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 terraced
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.