from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.
- n. A platform extending outdoors from a floor of a house or apartment building.
- n. An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
- n. A raised bank of earth having vertical or sloping sides and a flat top: turning a hillside into a series of ascending terraces for farming.
- n. A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
- n. A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.
- n. A section of row houses.
- n. A residential street, especially on a slope or hill.
- n. A narrow strip of landscaped earth in the middle of a street.
- n. Chiefly Upper Northern & Midwestern U.S. See parking. See Regional Note at parking.
- transitive v. To provide (a house, for example) with a terrace or terraces.
- transitive v. To form (a hillside or sloping lawn, for example) into terraces.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A platform that extends outwards from a building.
- n. A raised, flat-topped bank of earth with sloping sides, especially one of a series for farming or leisure; a similar natural area of ground, often next to a river.
- n. A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
- n. The standing area at a football ground.
- n. The roof of a building, especially if accessible to the residents. Often used for drying laundry, sun-drying foodstuffs, exercise, or sleeping outdoors in hot weather.
- v. To provide something with a terrace.
- v. To form something into a terrace.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A raised level space, shelf, or platform of earth, supported on one or more sides by a wall, a bank of tuft, or the like, whether designed for use or pleasure.
- n. A balcony, especially a large and uncovered one.
- n. A flat roof to a house.
- n. A street, or a row of houses, on a bank or the side of a hill; hence, any street, or row of houses.
- n. A level plain, usually with a steep front, bordering a river, a lake, or sometimes the sea.
- transitive v. To form into a terrace or terraces; to furnish with a terrace or terraces, .
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A raised level faced with masonry or turf; an elevated flat space: as, a garden terrace; also, a natural formation of the ground resembling such a terrace.
- n. In geology, a strip of land, nearly level, extending along the margin of the sea, a lake. or a river, and terminating on the side toward the water in a more or less abrupt descent: a beach; a raised beach. Also called in Scotland a carse, and in parts of the United States where Spanish was formerly spoken a mesa, or meseta.
- n. A street or row of houses running along the face or top of a slope: often applied arbitrarily, as a fancy name, to ordinary streets or ranges of houses.
- n. The flat roof of a house, as of Oriental and Spanish houses.
- n. A balcony, or open gallery.
- n. In marble-working, a defective spot in marble, which, after being cleaned out, is filled with some artificial preparation. Also terrasse.
- To form into a terrace; furnish with a terrace.
- n. A variety of mortar used for pargeting and the like, and for lining kilns for pottery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
- v. make into terraces as for cultivation
- n. usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
- v. provide (a house) with a terrace
- n. a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)
French, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa, from Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus, earthen, from Latin terra, earth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French terrasse (Wiktionary)