[ ter-uh-sing ]
/ ˈtɛr ə sɪŋ /


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

Definition for terracing (2 of 2)


[ ter-uh s ]
/ ˈtɛr əs /


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 forms

ter·race·less, adjectiveun·ter·raced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terracing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtɛrəsɪŋ) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for terracing (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtɛrəs) /



(tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces

Derived Forms

terraceless, 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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Medicine definitions for terracing


[ tĕrĭs ]


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