terraform

[ ter-uh-fawrm ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌfɔrm /

verb (used with object)

to alter the environment of (a celestial body) in order to make capable of supporting terrestrial life forms.

Nearby words

  1. terraced,
  2. terraced house,
  3. terrachlor,
  4. terracing,
  5. terracotta,
  6. terraforming,
  7. terrain,
  8. terramara,
  9. terramycin,
  10. terran

Origin of terraform

1975–80; terra + form; perhaps taken as v. use of an adj. with -form as second element

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British Dictionary definitions for terraforming

terraforming

/ (ˈtɛrəˌfɔːmɪŋ) /

noun

planetary engineering designed to enhance the capacity of an extraterrestrial planetary environment to sustain life

Word Origin for terraforming

C20: from Latin terra earth + forming

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