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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.
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 terraced
  • The blue garage door in a street of two-storey terraced houses gives no indication that people rather than cars are housed within.
  • Miners cut the hills down in rings, each smaller in diameter than the last, leaving a terraced depression in the ground.
  • The angle of sunlight casts deep shadows that help show the crater's terraced walls and smooth floor.
  • It was adorned with gleaming white limestone buildings, terraced gardens, and ritual baths.
  • Wherever the encroaching precipices permitted it, the land between them and the river was terraced.
  • It's also getting a new pool with terraced decks and two hot tubs.
  • The sitting room overlooks flowering terraced gardens in summer and provides a fireplace in the winter.
  • It features a large parquet dance floor, terraced banked seating and a sunken bar.
  • Visitors and office workers frequent the terraced city plaza at noontime as an impromptu outdoor lunch spot.
  • The terraced hillsides incorporate formal gardens and water features.
British Dictionary definitions for terraced


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 terraced



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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terraced 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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