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[ter-uh s] /ˈtɛr əs/
a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
the top of such a construction, used as a platform, garden, road, etc.
a nearly level strip of land with a more or less abrupt descent along the margin of the sea, a lake, or a river.
the flat roof of a house.
an open, often paved area connected to a house or an apartment house and serving as an outdoor living area; deck.
an open platform, as projecting from the outside wall of an apartment; a large balcony.
a row of houses on or near the top of a slope.
a residential street following the top of a slope.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), terraced, terracing.
to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.
Origin of terrace
1505-15; earlier terrasse < Middle French < Old Provençal terrassa < Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus. See terra, -aceous
Related forms
terraceless, adjective
unterraced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terrace
  • It is also a voice that can be as rude and crude as that of any football fan on the terrace.
  • Formal wood-panel interior and more casual garden terrace.
  • The glistening celadon green urn creates a cool, eye-catching fountain on a rear terrace.
  • Each terrace is roughly sixty feet wide and dead level.
  • The garden terrace looks out onto a lush wooded area where birds chirp in the trees.
  • Each of the third-floor guest rooms has a private terrace.
  • Make an individual terrace for each plant and create a basin or low spot behind each one to catch water.
  • Entrance to the garden is free, as is access to the roof-top terrace with its stunning view.
  • Sit inside at angular stainless steel tables, or outside on a shady terrace.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served on a charming terrace.
British Dictionary definitions for terrace


a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
  1. a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
  2. (cap when part of a street name): Grosvenor Terrace
a paved area alongside a building, serving partly as a garden
a balcony or patio
the flat roof of a house built in a Spanish or Oriental style
a flat area bounded by a short steep slope formed by the down-cutting of a river or by erosion
(usually pl)
  1. unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
  2. the spectators themselves
(transitive) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
Derived Forms
terraceless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French terrasse, from Old Provençal terrassa pile of earth, from terra earth, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for terrace

1510s, "gallery, portico, balcony," later "flat, raised place for walking" (1570s), from Middle French terrace, from Old French terrasse "platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth)," from Vulgar Latin *terracea, fem. of *terraceus "earthen, earthy," from Latin terra "earth, land" (see terrain). As a natural formation in geology, attested from 1670s.

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terrace in Medicine

terrace ter·race (těr'ĭs)
v. ter·raced, ter·rac·ing, ter·rac·es
To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.

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