from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.
  • noun A platform extending outdoors from a floor of a house or apartment building.
  • noun An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
  • noun A raised bank of earth having vertical or sloping sides and a flat top.
  • noun A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
  • noun A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.
  • noun A section of row houses.
  • noun A residential street, especially along the top or slope of a hill.
  • noun A narrow strip of landscaped earth in the middle of a street.
  • transitive verb To provide (a house, for example) with a terrace or terraces.
  • transitive verb To form (a hillside or sloping lawn, for example) into terraces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of mortar used for pargeting and the like, and for lining kilns for pottery.
  • To form into a terrace; furnish with a terrace.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The flat roof of a house, as of Oriental and Spanish houses.
  • noun A balcony, or open gallery.
  • noun In marble-working, a defective spot in marble, which, after being cleaned out, is filled with some artificial preparation. Also terrasse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To form into a terrace or terraces; to furnish with a terrace or terraces, .
  • noun 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.
  • noun A balcony, especially a large and uncovered one.
  • noun A flat roof to a house.
  • noun A street, or a row of houses, on a bank or the side of a hill; hence, any street, or row of houses.
  • noun (Geol.) A level plain, usually with a steep front, bordering a river, a lake, or sometimes the sea.
  • noun (Geol.) See Drift epoch, under Drift, a.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A platform that extends outwards from a building.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
  • noun in the plural, chiefly UK The standing area at a football ground.
  • noun 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.
  • verb To provide something with a terrace.
  • verb To form something into a terrace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
  • verb make into terraces as for cultivation
  • noun usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
  • verb provide (a house) with a terrace
  • noun a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa, from Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus, earthen, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French terrasse


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