terrace

noun
ter·​race | \ ˈter-əs How to pronounce terrace (audio) , ˈte-rəs \

Definition of terrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building
b : a colonnaded porch or promenade
c : a flat roof or open platform
2a : one of usually a series of horizontal ridges made in a hillside to increase cultivatable land, conserve moisture, or minimize erosion
b : a raised embankment with the top leveled
3 : a level ordinarily narrow plain usually with steep front bordering a river, lake, or sea also : a similar undersea feature
4a : a row of houses or apartments on raised ground or a sloping site
b : a group of row houses
c : a strip of park in the middle of a street often planted with trees or shrubs
d : street
5 : a section of a British soccer stadium set aside for standing spectators

terrace

verb
terraced; terracing

Definition of terrace (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide (something, such as a building or hillside) with a terrace
2 : to make into a terrace

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Synonyms for terrace

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of terrace in a Sentence

Noun rice growing in hillside terraces For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Back on Earth, venues have ranged from movie theaters to churches to a waterfront terrace in Miami where the game played on a giant screen floating on a river. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "The list of odd Super Bowl watching venues has a new entrant in 2020," 2 Feb. 2020 Lucky guests of the Maestro Suite also have access to a private lounge-style terrace with breathtaking views of the city of Zurich, the lake, and the Alps. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... the Dolder Grand Zurich," 28 Dec. 2019 This has a crystal chandelier and French doors to a terrace. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1M Grosse Pointe mansion was designed for prominent family," 9 Nov. 2019 Ten sets of french doors open to a flagstone terrace. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Here’s a look at the 10 most expensive homes that sold in Connecticut last month," 31 Oct. 2019 Built into a cliff, all six of the resort's suites and nearly all 50 guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to spacious terraces with sea views. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 Guest bedrooms fill out the west wing, expanding to terraces overlooking a courtyard. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Casino exec Barry Shier seeks $16.5 million for massive Vegas chateau," 25 Sep. 2019 Visitors to the open terrace get free panoramic views of the British capital. Washington Post, "Teen arrested in boy’s fall from top of London’s Tate Modern," 5 Aug. 2019 Occupying three floors and 24,000-square feet, the space will feature a 20-meter swimming pool bordered with daybeds and a fire pit, and an outdoor terrace overlooking Central Park. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "8 Spas to Seek Out in the New Year," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the day, the family worked on terracing the rows, building retaining walls and installing drip irrigation. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "In Montecito Heights, a trash-filled hillside is transformed into a thriving urban farm," 11 Sep. 2019 Top floor has master suite opening to terrace, plus three bedrooms. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Home sale prices from San Jose and Peninsula areas, August 2," 2 Aug. 2019 Around them was tranquil but functional farmland that was sensually subtropical, the fields terraced and piled with shocks of grain. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Beds of herbs, produce and flowers are terraced into the hillside, flanked by stone walls and bordered by open fields and a lush valley. BostonGlobe.com, "He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.," 19 Apr. 2018 For nearly a century, this had been dairy country, and the rounded, coastal hills were terraced from decades of grazing. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 Around 4,500 years ago, ancient engineers and workers terraced the little island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, creating a sort of step pyramid. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Uncover Ancient Greek Island’s Complex Plumbing System," 22 Jan. 2018 For my 40th birthday my husband terraced a hillside on our Sonoma property and planted 400 rose bushes. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "14 Flowers Design Pros Hate—and the Ones They Recommend," 20 July 2017 Dynamics were harshly terraced with misjudged volume on brass entrances and lower-register string phrases that either got lost or assumed unnecessary prominence in unblended sound. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra plays Mozart and Strauss without conductor," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of terrace

Noun

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terrace

Noun

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

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The first known use of terrace was in 1515

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13 Feb 2020

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“Terrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrace. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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terrace

noun
How to pronounce terrace (audio)

English Language Learners 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
British : a row of houses that are joined together : a group of row houses

terrace

noun
ter·​race | \ ˈter-əs How to pronounce terrace (audio) \

Kids Definition of terrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a level area next to a building
2 : a raised piece of land with the top leveled Rice is planted in terraces on sides of the hill.
3 : a row of houses on raised ground or a slope

terrace

verb
terraced; terracing

Kids Definition of terrace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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