- a tract of land, especially as considered with reference to its natural features, military advantages, etc.
- Geology. terrane.
Origin of terrain
Examples from the Web for terrain
It is this kind of terrain that makes this country so hard to secure.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The drawback was that the terrain in front of Bradley made success very costly.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
As forbidding as this terrain is, there is another force at work on the ocean surface – the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
It depends on the strengths of the team members and the terrain.Pippa Middleton To Cycle Across America ... Starting Tomorrow
June 13, 2014
Pearson did note that laws regulating this terrain can be useful in some very narrow circumstances.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?
April 26, 2014
There came a new swaying that was not the roughness of the terrain.
Jan, his head just above ground level, surveyed the terrain.
Where the terrain was level enough, hundreds of jack rabbits were seen.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
The man with the lantern walked straight to the point of the Terrain.Notre-Dame de Paris
For a few minutes there was silence, as Seaton studied the terrain beneath them.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
- ground or a piece of ground, esp with reference to its physical character or military potentialradio reception can be difficult in mountainous terrain; a rocky terrain
- a variant spelling of terrane
Word Origin and History for terrain
1727, "ground for training horses," from French terrain "piece of earth, ground, land," from Old French (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *terranum, from Latin terrenum "land, ground," from neuter of terrenus "of earth, earthly," from terra "earth, land," literally "dry land" (as opposed to "sea"); from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (cf. Sanskrit tarsayati "dries up," Avestan tarshu- "dry, solid," Greek teresesthai "to become or be dry," Latin torrere "dry up, parch," Gothic þaursus "dry, barren," Old High German thurri, German dürr, Old English þyrre "dry;" Old English þurstig "thirsty"). Meaning "tract of country, considered with regard to its natural features" first attested 1766.