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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 terraces
  • It was midwinter, and the stream that ran alongside us was frozen over, forming graceful terraces of milky ice.
  • It starts amongst garden terraces but soon leads to a series of wild headlands crowned by a string of medieval towers.
  • Villagers may be persuaded to build terraces to stop topsoil running off.
  • Now it is a subway and rail transit corridor lined by high density apartments, terraces and parks.
  • They also moved from rooftop to rooftop to deter residents from gathering on terraces overlooking the alleys.
  • On the topmost of these terraces the king took his stand on the eventful day.
  • All that surface ornamentation levitates the terraces.
  • Menus are drawn up in consultation with guests, and meals are served on terraces or in the open-air dining pavilion.
  • Each room includes patios or terraces, ample tiles and marble and hidden minibars packed with champagne.
  • Three fabulous floors of living space open gracefully to secluded stunning terraces and gardens.
British Dictionary definitions for terraces


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 terraces



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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terraces 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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