Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A platform that extends outwards from a building.
  • n. A raised, flat-topped bank of earth with sloping sides, especially one of a series for farming or leisure; a similar natural area of ground, often next to a river.
  • n. A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
  • n. The standing area at a football ground.
  • n. The roof of a building, especially if accessible to the residents. Often used for drying laundry, sun-drying foodstuffs, exercise, or sleeping outdoors in hot weather.
  • v. To provide something with a terrace.
  • v. To form something into a terrace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A raised level space, shelf, or platform of earth, supported on one or more sides by a wall, a bank of tuft, or the like, whether designed for use or pleasure.
  • n. A balcony, especially a large and uncovered one.
  • n. A flat roof to a house.
  • n. A street, or a row of houses, on a bank or the side of a hill; hence, any street, or row of houses.
  • n. A level plain, usually with a steep front, bordering a river, a lake, or sometimes the sea.
  • transitive v. To form into a terrace or terraces; to furnish with a terrace or terraces, .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form into a terrace; furnish with a terrace.
  • n. A raised level faced with masonry or turf; an elevated flat space: as, a garden terrace; also, a natural formation of the ground resembling such a terrace.
  • n. In geology, a strip of land, nearly level, extending along the margin of the sea, a lake. or a river, and terminating on the side toward the water in a more or less abrupt descent: a beach; a raised beach. Also called in Scotland a carse, and in parts of the United States where Spanish was formerly spoken a mesa, or meseta.
  • n. A street or row of houses running along the face or top of a slope: often applied arbitrarily, as a fancy name, to ordinary streets or ranges of houses.
  • n. The flat roof of a house, as of Oriental and Spanish houses.
  • n. A balcony, or open gallery.
  • n. In marble-working, a defective spot in marble, which, after being cleaned out, is filled with some artificial preparation. Also terrasse.
  • n. A variety of mortar used for pargeting and the like, and for lining kilns for pottery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
  • v. make into terraces as for cultivation
  • n. usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
  • v. provide (a house) with a terrace
  • n. a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa, from Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus, earthen, from Latin terra, earth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French terrasse (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • HotLips in the Pearl has a great pie and the outdoor terrace is full of Europeans.

    No Canadian bacon and pineapple! (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The lounge terrace is a white, clean space, with sofas, “tatames”, wood and a lot of green (plants).

    Club NOX by Metro Arquitectura

  • Domenico Pugliese for The Wall Street Journal The Lanesborough Hotel's custom-built walk-in humidor At the newly opened, ultra-stylish Mamilla in Jerusalem, the city's first boutique hotel, the cigar terrace is the first of its kind in the city and is indoors, as there are less strict smoking laws in Israel.

    Dusting Off the Stogie's Stodgy Image

  • Whether sipping your morning coffee while watching the city below come to life, or hosting evening margaritas on the terrace with family or friends, your time on either terrace is certain to provide unforgettable memories.

    Guanajuato-Spectacular View In Historic Center

  • The view from the terrace is of the ornate columns of the upper stories of a building on West 70th Street built in 1926 for the Knights of Pythias.

    Sanborn Seeks Home High Note

  • As he strolled out on to the main terrace he saw that Petritz was there and had already ordered his breakfast.

    Spell of Magic – Part 6 « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • The view (below) from our terrace is super despite the foul weather:

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Each terrace is backed by north facing offices, where minimal solar gain reduces the tendency to overheat and the need for energy-hungry air conditioning.

    BEDZED: Beddington Zero Energy Development in London | Inhabitat

  • This house has one bedroom, a den (which could be used as a second bedroom), lr, dr, full kitchen, utility room with washer and dryer and a screened in terrace, off street parking, community pool. $400/mo plus utilities long term, $500/mo plus utilities short term (winter season).

    Lake Chapala One BR/den $400 mo.

  • Not two months ago, barely a feuille* separated our terrace from the two-lane country road beyond.

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