- The definition of a terrace is a patio, balcony or other outdoor living area.
An example of a terrace is a paved sitting area which is next to an apartment's back door.
A pleasant terrace at sunset.
terrace definition by Webster's New World
- a raised, flat mound of earth with sloping sides
- any of a series of flat platforms of earth with sloping sides, rising one above the other, as on a hillside
- a geologic formation of this nature
- an unroofed, paved area, immediately adjacent to a house, etc. and usually overlooking a lawn or garden
- a gallery, portico, or colonnade
- a usually spacious veranda; piazza
- a small, usually roofed balcony, as outside an apartment
- a flat roof, esp. of a house of Spanish or Middle Eastern architecture
- a line of houses, esp. of row houses, on ground raised from the street
- a street in front of such houses: often used in street names
- ☆ a parklike strip in the middle of a boulevard, etc.
Origin: Old French walled platform, origin, originally , mound of earth ; from Italian terrazzo ; from terra ; from Classical Latin terra
terrace definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.b. 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. A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.b. A section of row houses.c. 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.
Origin: 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.
terrace - Medical Definition