ter·race / ˈteris/ • n. 1. a level paved area or platform next to a building; a patio or veranda. ∎ each of a series of flat areas made on a slope, used for cultivation. ∎ Geol. a natural horizontal shelflike formation, such as a raised beach.2. chiefly Brit. a block of row houses. ∎ a row house.• v. [tr.] make or form (sloping land) into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps.
1. Embankment or prepared and levelled mass of earth in e.g. a garden.
2. Any artificial or built level platform for promenading, with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, etc., and sometimes having a balustrade, often adjacent to a coun-try-house.
3. One of several platforms, as on a hillside or in a stadium, furnished with seats.
4. Loggia or external usable space, e.g. roof-garden.
5. Series of houses joined together in one row, as in the Georgian terraces of the British Isles.
S. Muthesius (1982)