- 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 or without object), ter·raced, ter·rac·ing.
- to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.
- a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
- a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
- (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 plural)
- unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
- the spectators themselves
- (tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
n.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. v.
- To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.