s) KEY NOUN:
TRANSITIVE VERB: ter·raced
- A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.
- A platform extending outdoors from a floor of a house or apartment building.
- An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
- 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.
- A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
- A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.
- A section of row houses.
Abbr. Ter. or Terr. A residential street, especially on a slope or hill.
- A narrow strip of landscaped earth in the middle of a street.
- Chiefly Upper Northern & Midwestern U.S. See parking. See Regional Note at parking.
- To provide (a house, for example) with a terrace or terraces.
- To form (a hillside or sloping lawn, for example) into terraces.
French, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa
, from Vulgar Latin *terrcea
, feminine of *terrceus
, from Latin terra
; see ters-
in Indo-European roots