[ ter-uh-sing ]
/ ˈtɛr ə sɪŋ /


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

Nearby words

  1. terra-cotta,
  2. terrace,
  3. terraced,
  4. terraced house,
  5. terrachlor,
  6. terracotta,
  7. terraform,
  8. terraforming,
  9. terrain,
  10. terramara

Origin of terracing

First recorded in 1780–90; terrace + -ing1


[ 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 formster·race·less, adjectiveun·ter·raced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for terracing


/ (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)


/ (ˈtɛrəs) /



(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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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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