something formed as a terrace.
a system of terraces.
the act or process of making terraces.

Origin of terracing

First recorded in 1780–90; terrace + -ing1


[ter-uh s]


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), ter·raced, ter·rac·ing.

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 formster·race·less, adjectiveun·ter·raced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
  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 plural)
  1. unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
  2. the spectators themselves


(tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
Derived Formsterraceless, adjective

Word Origin for terrace

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 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.

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terracing in Medicine




To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.
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