Definition of terrace in English:

terrace

noun

  • 1A level paved area or platform next to a building; a patio or veranda.

    • ‘A very likely source of intrusion in holiday properties is the door from the roof terrace or patio, so triple deadlocked doors should be fitted by a security company.’
    • ‘Each apartment is unique in style and elevation and the majority have patios, balconies or terraces.’
    • ‘On the second floor, a long terrace encircles the courtyard at the center of which stands a typical Spanish-inspired fountain.’
    • ‘In terraces paved with combined materials, the length of durability varies, so the surface must be checked regularly.’
    • ‘Gaps between the units form plazas and terraces overlooking the ocean.’
    • ‘The pavilion opens onto an extensive lawn, a paved terrace and the public areas of Casuarina Beach.’
    • ‘From the front door a stone walk extends through the house and out a pair of patio doors to the terrace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, many of the finest homes in America are graced with courtyards, terraces, garden paths and drives paved with brick.’
    • ‘Floored with glass, the terrace is also a skylight shedding luminance into the building and down the stairwell.’
    • ‘Once an ancient townhouse, Ksantan's owners have converted the building's exceptional wooden architecture into a restaurant with garden patio, two terraces and bar.’
    • ‘The roof terrace serves as an outdoor studio and also as a place for entertaining.’
    • ‘The developers have also installed a barbecue area, deck, terraces, a putting green and walkways in the grounds.’
    • ‘Except for the lofts, each unit opens to a private terrace and the plant-filled courtyard at the rear.’
    • ‘Most of the apartments have patios, balconies or terraces, while parking for both residents and visitors is provided.’
    • ‘A smaller (but steeper) secondary staircase leads up from the living area to a roof terrace.’
    • ‘The terraces ingeniously serve as walkways along the north facade and as private balconies on the sunny, south side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A series of columns registers the space within the living room while others outside define a deck and an outdoor terrace.’
    • ‘The perforated sheets reappear both outside in the jambs of terraces cut into the building and inside as stylish balustrades.’
  • 2Each of a series of flat areas made on a slope, used for cultivation.

    • ‘Here, the snow peaks of the Karakorums widen and thaw into a landslide of cultivation terraces.’
    • ‘The growing areas are divided into terraces to prevent the crops from sliding downhill.’
    • ‘Chalcatzingo had many Olmec features in addition to the rock carvings, including crypt burials, human sacrifice, and the use of cultivation terraces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plants grow wild in or on the banks of mountain streams and are cultivated in flooded mountain terraces.’
    • ‘Soil accumulates behind the rigid leaves of the vetiver grass, and eventually forms stable terraces on which crops can be grown.’
    • ‘On steep topography, the filter area should be a gradient terrace with a slope that will not allow erosion.’
    • ‘Stalk borer damage in corn commonly is confined to occasional plants in the first few rows near field margins, fence rows, grass terraces and waterways.’
    • ‘The 12 million population paid their taxes in work: a billion man-hours a year to build temples, fortresses, agricultural terraces, and roads.’
    • ‘After weeks in the heat and dust of the plains, we smelt for the first time the chlorophyll scent of ripe crops: terrace upon terrace of salad-green rice paddy.’
    • ‘Vetiver grass lines terraces in the gardens, to trap valuable topsoil in the beds.’
    • ‘The 12m x 12m plot tapered towards the rear and was made up of a series of terraces, subdivided into rhomboid shaped beds.’
    • ‘From the 10th century vines were at last being planted on slopes in terraces, with low walls to prevent soil erosion.’
    • ‘On sloping terrain, they can create level terraces to extend the cultivated area.’
    • ‘Archaeologists have assumed that Mill Creek agricultural fields were located on easily cultivated alluvial stream terraces.’
    • ‘The garden, which slopes away from the house, was parceled into a series of terraces to maximize the usable area.’
    • ‘Carve a new series of terraces into the slope for easy planting.’
    • ‘The number and spacing of terraces depend on the soil type, slope, and cropping practices.’
    • ‘Most terraces are drained by grassed waterways designed to convey excess water to stream channels without erosion.’
    • ‘After Hardwar the valleys would occasionally widen into a great green opera of cultivation terraces, falling away like the tiers of a Greek amphitheatre into the convex bowl of the mountainside.’
    1. 2.1Geology A natural horizontal shelflike formation, such as a raised beach.
      • ‘Each terrace represents a fan of younger pyroclastic deposits infilling valleys cut in older fans.’
      • ‘Of particular interest are the Quaternary fluvial and marine terraces that are preserved along the flanks of the Hajar Mountains.’
      • ‘Uplifted and incised fluvial terraces are preserved in footwall valleys, including those of the Ladopotamos and Vouraikos rivers.’
      • ‘Evidence for the young age of uplift and faulting includes juvenile topography, faulted Quaternary marine terraces and a fractured falaj.’
      • ‘Nevertheless the climatic regime of the palaeosols was fundamentally frigid and these palaeosols formed on glacial terraces beside large permanent glaciers.’
      • ‘The current morphology of the coastal terraces suggests that oblique-slip thrust movements have recently exceeded oblique-slip normal fault movements.’
      • ‘The formation of coral terraces is interpreted as the product of approximately uniform long-term uplift superimposed on eustatic changes in sea level.’
      • ‘The coastal terraces of the Perachora peninsula are predominantly constructional.’
      • ‘The youngest terrace surfaces in the Camardi area show no offset along faults, whereas older terraces are laterally and vertically displaced.’
  • 3British A block of row houses.

    • ‘This double-fronted property is located on a residential terrace off York Road, convenient to Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire.’
    • ‘The plans show eight semi-detached houses, three houses in a terrace fronting Crosby Road and two terraces totalling a further eight houses.’
    • ‘The houses will include two street terraces of eight and ten housing units together with an access road and associated site works, services and landscaping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other side of the terrace, the houses have more individuality.’
    • ‘The Jenkins / Robson house is a remarkable addition to a fine Victorian terrace.’
    • ‘Devitt Villas is a secluded terrace of period houses off Eden Road in Glasthule.’
    • ‘Ann Street is made up mainly of unprepossessing terraces of houses with, apparently, nothing of note to commend them.’
    • ‘In 1937, Goldfinger designed a terrace of three houses on Willow Road, facing Hampstead Heath.’
    • ‘An alley cut through the terrace to the next road and this was where Rod parked.’
    • ‘Just across the road from the hospital are trendy, plush Victorian terraces where houses can go for £500,000.’
    • ‘Planners say there are other blocks of terraces built around the same time which are unaltered and better examples of the period.’
    • ‘Houses in the south terrace have generously glazed stairs, which act as hinges to allow the row to flex down the slope.’
    • ‘The city was built in, variously, the Georgian English styles of squares and terraces and parks, then French boulevards, then American blocks and grids.’
    • ‘Priced between these two extremes is Jubilee Court at the heart of Cheltenham, which resembles at first sight a small terrace of Georgian houses.’
    • ‘Greenwich Council has given the church permission to erect a new church building and a terrace of six houses.’
    • ‘Jim Loughman, aged 70, is in one of three houses in the terrace still owned by Limerick City Council.’
    • ‘Completed in 1963, it is an important landmark, set between the Nash terraces of Pall Mall and the Victorian theatres of Haymarket.’
    • ‘This house is on a residential terrace off Fairview Avenue, a short stroll from Fairview village with its local shops, restaurants and park.’
    • ‘At the other end of the scale, Georges Maurios has inserted a little house in a Parisian terrace: a model of economic infill.’
    • ‘As a schoolboy he had regularly passed the terrace and admired the houses' style and rundown grandeur.’
    road, thoroughfare, way
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    1. 3.1 A row house.
      • ‘Yet this humble Victorian terrace is, in its own way, one of the most significant addresses in Europe.’
      • ‘The property takes up the bottom two floors of a Grade II-listed Regency terrace and comes with a share of the freehold.’
      • ‘My first house was a red brick terrace in Folkestone, backing onto the main line railway.’
      • ‘Three-bed duplexes, three-bed terraced houses and four-bed terraces will also be available from mid-January.’
      • ‘Fancy turning your humble terrace into a palatial Georgian town house, or permanently hosting the Teddy Bears Picnic in your daughter's bedroom?’
      • ‘My first house was a three-bedroom, end of terrace in Kenton, Harrow.’
      • ‘The need for conservation of older houses, terraces and cottages is also stressed, and the importance of maintaining trees and hedgerows is emphasized.’
      • ‘It has a villagey feel, he says, with its mix of pretty Victorian terraces and neat council homes with communal gardens; its primary school at one end and pub and a club at the other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The view from our new bedroom terrace is wonderful; on a clear day, you can see the ocean!’
      • ‘The second of our rather regal offerings is a modern end terrace built by Harvest Homes about three years ago.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make or form (sloping land) into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps.

    • ‘Most homes in our area are terraced and sell for about €400,000.’
    • ‘A slightly sloping gravel path approaches the cabin and is terraced in two places.’
    • ‘The rear garden is terraced with mature shrubs and trees and there is a large paddock at the side of the house.’
    • ‘Generally, wherever it was possible to continue terracing the slopes for rice paddies, this was done.’
    • ‘To stop erosion as much as possible (we're on a hill), I terraced the place.’
    • ‘Canals draw water from far inside the mountains to guide them towards the fields which have been terraced to facilitate the work of the precious liquid.’
    • ‘Except for a few hillsides, which are terraced with trails to gain more flat terrain for beginner skiers, the terrain matches that of the Pisa range.’
    • ‘There are numerous options for terracing a slope.’
    • ‘In scattered areas on these slopes, they terraced and irrigated the land and produced abundant food for twelve million or more subjects.’
    • ‘The mountain is terraced with waves of neatly tended, low, square stones, each one lovingly landscaped and decorated, bordered with bright flowers and green plants.’
    • ‘The hotel was terraced on a steep hillside so all the rooms had a view.’
    • ‘That area could be terraced into three or four tiers, which would allow for pleasant views and southern exposure.’
    • ‘Agriculture activities such as terracing earthen bunds and other vegetative measures allow water to percolate into the soil.’
    • ‘The grant will allow the council to begin filling in the South Bay Pool, demolishing derelict buildings and terracing the slopes.’
    • ‘The land is terraced and, in effect, so are the houses.’
    • ‘Janet built low retaining walls of locally quarried limestone to terrace the slope.’
    • ‘The little courtyard is terraced in Roman fashion.’
    • ‘If your front yard slopes downward, it is a good idea to terrace it and/or have a waist-high hedge blocking the initial drop off.’
    • ‘Then he came up with the idea to terrace the incline and place ascending pavers up the middle - and now those stone steps lead ever so easily to the front door.’
    • ‘On the other hand, as more people have acquired land titles, they have helped curb deforestation by planting trees and terracing their farms.’

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’.

Pronunciation

terrace

/ˈterəs//ˈtɛrəs/