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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

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

terracing (ˈtɛrəsɪŋ)
1.  a series of terraces, esp one dividing a slope into a steplike system of flat narrow fields
2.  the act of making a terrace or terraces
3.  another name for terrace

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Word Origin & History

1515, "gallery, portico, balcony," later "flat, raised place for walking" (1575), from M.Fr. terrace, from O.Fr. terrasse "platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth)," from V.L. *terracea, fem. of *terraceus "earthen, earthy," from L. terra "earth, land" (see
terrain). As a natural formation in geology, attested from 1674.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
All the farmer has to do is create two deep furrows at the end of the field
  using a terracing blade.
Minimize the length and steepness of slopes by benching, terracing, or
  constructing diversion structures.
Terracing is acceptable if access for lawn equipment is provided.
Fieldwork in preparation for raisin harvest was underway in some vineyards with
  cultivation and terracing.
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