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terrace

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noun ter·race \ˈter-əs, ˈte-rəs\

Simple Definition of terrace

  • : a flat area created on the side of a hill and used especially for growing crops

  • : a flat area next to a building where people can sit and relax

  • : a row of houses that are joined together : a group of row houses

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of terrace

  1. 1a :  a colonnaded porch or promenadeb :  a flat roof or open platformc :  a relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building

  2. 2a :  a raised embankment with the top leveledb :  one of usually a series of horizontal ridges made in a hillside to increase cultivatable land, conserve moisture, or minimize erosion

  3. 3 :  a level ordinarily narrow plain usually with steep front bordering a river, lake, or sea; also :  a similar undersea feature

  4. 4a :  a row of houses or apartments on raised ground or a sloping siteb :  a group of row housesc :  a strip of park in the middle of a street often planted with trees or shrubsd :  street

  5. 5 :  a section of a British soccer stadium set aside for standing spectators

Examples of terrace in a sentence

  1. rice growing in hillside terraces

  2. For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.



Origin and Etymology of terrace

Middle French, platform, terrace, from Old French, from Old Occitan terrassa, from terra earth, from Latin, earth, land; akin to Latin torrēre to parch — more at thirst


First Known Use: 1515

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terrace

transitive verb ter·race

Definition of terrace

terraced

terracing

  1. 1 :  to provide (as a building or hillside) with a terrace

  2. 2 :  to make into a terrace



1650

First Known Use of terrace

1650

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Rhymes with terrace



TERRACE Defined for Kids

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terrace

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noun ter·race \ˈter-əs\

Definition of terrace for Students

  1. 1 :  a level area next to a building

  2. 2 :  a raised piece of land with the top leveled <Rice is planted in terraces on sides of the hill.>

  3. 3 :  a row of houses on raised ground or a slope



Word Root of terrace

The Latin word terra, meaning “earth,” “land,” or “ground,” gives us the root terr. Words from the Latin terra have something to do with the earth or land. A territory is an area of land ruled by a particular government. A terrace is a piece of land with a flat top. Anything terrestrial lives on land and not in water.


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terrace

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verb ter·race

Definition of terrace for Students

terraced

terracing

  1. :  to form into a terrace or supply with terraces <Rice growers terrace hillsides.>





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