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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

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

  1. rice growing in hillside terraces

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



Origin 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

ter·racedter·rac·ing

  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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