Definition of terrace in English:

terrace

Syllabification: ter·race
Pronunciation: /ˈteris
 
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noun

1A level paved area or platform next to a building; a patio or veranda.
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  • The perforated sheets reappear both outside in the jambs of terraces cut into the building and inside as stylish balustrades.
  • Outdoor space is maximised on the tight site, with a large external courtyard off the ground floor waiting area and an outdoor terrace off community health on the first floor.
  • All blocks benefit from the shading effect of a huge glass roof that rests gently and lightly on the various buildings above a panoramic terrace.
Synonyms
patio, sundeck, platform, porch, stoop, veranda, balcony
1.1Each of a series of flat areas made on a slope, used for cultivation.
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  • Carve a new series of terraces into the slope for easy planting.
  • On steep topography, the filter area should be a gradient terrace with a slope that will not allow erosion.
  • These terraces consist of a series of stone walls cascading down the side of steep slopes to keep small garden strips from being washed away.
1.2 Geology A natural horizontal shelflike formation, such as a raised beach.
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  • Uplifted and incised fluvial terraces are preserved in footwall valleys, including those of the Ladopotamos and Vouraikos rivers.
  • The formation of coral terraces is interpreted as the product of approximately uniform long-term uplift superimposed on eustatic changes in sea level.
  • Nevertheless the climatic regime of the palaeosols was fundamentally frigid and these palaeosols formed on glacial terraces beside large permanent glaciers.
2chiefly British A block of row houses.
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  • Planners say there are other blocks of terraces built around the same time which are unaltered and better examples of the period.
  • The Jenkins / Robson house is a remarkable addition to a fine Victorian terrace.
  • The restaurant is a building she hadn't noticed before, however, situated on a splendid Regency terrace within sight of the city's two cathedrals.
2.1A row house.
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  • The property takes up the bottom two floors of a Grade II-listed Regency terrace and comes with a share of the freehold.
  • The birth of our second child means that our modest Victorian terrace is now bulging at the seams.
  • The house she shared with her parents was quite small, a comfortable looking terrace on a long street.

verb

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Make or form (sloping land) into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps.
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  • The land is terraced and, in effect, so are the houses.
  • That area could be terraced into three or four tiers, which would allow for pleasant views and southern exposure.
  • There are numerous options for terracing a slope.

Origin

early 16th century (denoting an open gallery, later a platform or balcony in a theater): from Old French, literally 'rubble, platform', based on Latin terra 'earth'.

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