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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.

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terrace.
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.

Bibliography

S. Muthesius (1982)

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terrace A nearly flat portion of a landscape which is terminated by a steep edge. It may be produced by any one of a range of processes, so the following varieties are recognized: altiplanation terrace, kame terrace, river terrace, shore platform, and solifluction terrace.

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terrace A nearly flat portion of a landscape, terminated by a steep edge. It may be produced by any one of a range of processes, so the following varieties are recognized: altiplanation terrace, kame terrace, river terrace, shore platform, and solifluction terrace.

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terrace †gallery, balcony; raised level walk. XVI. — OF. terrace, (also mod.) -asse †rubble, platform :- Rom. *terrāceus, -ācea, f. L. terra earth; see -ACEOUS.

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Terrace

a series of things, especially houses.

Examples : living terrace of crippled children, 1896; terraces of gravel (geology), 1878; of houses (e.g., Adelphi Terrace), 1796.