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ter·race  audio  (trs) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.
    2. A platform extending outdoors from a floor of a house or apartment building.
  1. An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
  2. 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.
  3. A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
    1. A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.
    2. A section of row houses.
    3. Abbr. Ter. or Terr. A residential street, especially on a slope or hill.
  4. A narrow strip of landscaped earth in the middle of a street.
  5. Chiefly Upper Northern & Midwestern U.S. See parking. See Regional Note at parking.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
ter·raced, ter·rac·ing, ter·rac·es
  1. To provide (a house, for example) with a terrace or terraces.
  2. To form (a hillside or sloping lawn, for example) into terraces.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa, from Vulgar Latin *terrcea, feminine of *terrceus, earthen, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots


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