• WordNet 3.6
    • v terrace make into terraces as for cultivation "The Incas terraced their mountainous land"
    • v terrace provide (a house) with a terrace "We terrassed the country house"
    • n terrace usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
    • n terrace a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face) "Grosvenor Terrace"
    • n terrace a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Frontenac Terrace To-Day Frontenac Terrace To-Day
No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50 No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50
No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21 No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21
Birthplace of Charles Dickens, 387 Mile End Terrace, Commercial Road, Landport Birthplace of Charles Dickens, 387 Mile End Terrace, Commercial Road, Landport

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Terrace A balcony, especially a large and uncovered one.
    • Terrace A flat roof to a house; as, the buildings of the Oriental nations are covered with terraces .
    • Terrace (Geol) A level plain, usually with a steep front, bordering a river, a lake, or sometimes the sea.
    • Terrace 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.
    • Terrace A street, or a row of houses, on a bank or the side of a hill; hence, any street, or row of houses.
    • v. t Terrace To form into a terrace or terraces; to furnish with a terrace or terraces, as, to terrace a garden, or a building. "Clermont's terraced height, and Esher's groves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n terrace 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 terrace 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. Terraces are seen in many parts of the world, and vary greatly in width, height, and longitudinal extent, as well as in the mode of their formation. Marine terraces, or raised beaches, have usually been caused by the elevation of the land, the preëxisting beach having been thus lifted above the action of the water, and a new one formed at a lower level. Raised beaches, terraces, or ancient sea-margins of this kind form conspicuous features in the coast topography of various regions, as of Scandinavia, Scotland, and the Pacific coast of North and South America. Some river- and lake-terraces may have been formed by the upheaval of the region where they occur; but a far more important and general cause of their existence is the diminution of the amount of water flowing in the rivers or standing in the lakes—a phenomenon of which there are abundant proofs all over the world, and the beginning of which reaches back certainly into Tertiary times, but how much further is not definitely known, since the geological records of such change of climate could not be preserved for an indefinite period, and very little is known in regard to the position of rivers, or bodies of water distinctly separated from the ocean, at any remote geological period. Rarely called a bench.
    • n terrace 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 terrace The flat roof of a house, as of Oriental and Spanish houses.
    • n terrace A balcony, or open gallery.
    • n terrace In marble-working, a defective spot in marble, which, after being cleaned out, is filled with some artificial preparation. Also terrasse.
    • terrace To form into a terrace; furnish with a terrace.
    • n terrace A variety of mortar used for pargeting and the like, and for lining kilns for pottery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Terrace ter′ās a raised level bank of earth: any raised flat place: the flat roof of a house
    • pl Terrace (geol.) comparatively level strips of land near the sea, lakes, or rivers, with a sharp descent at the edge towards the water, showing an ancient water-level
    • v.t Terrace to form into a terrace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. terrasse,cf. Sp. terraza, It. terrazza,), fr. L. terra, the earth, probably for tersa, originally meaning, dry land, and akin to torrere, to parch, E. torrid, and thirst,. See Thirst, and cf. Fumitory Inter (v.) Patterre Terrier Trass Tureen Turmeric


In literature:

He passed beyond the terraces to the garden.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
They come down the ladders, descending from terrace to terrace.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Mrs. Champney stepped out upon the terrace.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
The terraces south of the Kanelba peach grove resemble the lower terraces of Wipo.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Here come the children up the terrace steps.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
Only an awning has been added to protect the terrace from the sun.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Why, Ned, it's the way up to the first terrace.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
As it grew dark, he got up, slowly pacing up and down the length of the terrace.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
The garden terracing was terminated, and the water for the numerous fountains laid on.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
A rise of ground off to the left was ridged with terraces.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

Here, by the ocean's terraced side,
Sweet hours of hope were known,
When first the triumph of its tide
Seem'd omen of our own.
"Verses To The Memory Of A Child" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Once she left the crimson terraces,
there was nothing but endless desert;
only her evergreen grave is left
to face the twilight.
"Thoughts On An Ancient Site:Birthplace Of Wang Qiang" by Du Fu
Or in the valley's vistaed glow,
Past rocks of terraced trumpet vines,
Shall I behold her coming slow,
Sweet May, among the columbines?
"Discovery" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her garden had a terrace fair,
Beneath it, full the river flow'd,
There she enjoyed the evening air,
Her favourite Swan there proudly row'd.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
All that I dream or lose,
That falls short or dies on me,
Is like a terrace which looks
On another thing beyond.
It's that thing leads me on.
"This" by Fernando Pessoa
One listening bent, in dread of something coming,
He can not see nor balk--
A phantom footstep, in the ghostly gloaming,
That haunts a terraced walk.
"Rembrandts" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Kptm.com Jericho Project Opens Doors to Kingsbridge Terrace, a New Affordable Residence in the Bronx for Homeless Veterans.
Bob Carter was originally calling his spot in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood Rutledge Grill, a nice if not boring moniker, but he and his partner recently changed it to Rutledge Cab Co.
The Terrace Pointe Cafe overlooks the Wynn's pools and gardens.
Cascade 50, Mountlake Terrace 30.
The fire started around 9 am Monday, on Leaf Terrace off Highway 17 Bypass.
Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 66, Lummi 55.
Cedar Park Christian-Mountlake Terrace 43, Lopez Island 42.
The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn is back with a new chef.
The 10th annual program will be presented at 2 pm Sunday at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.
The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn is back with a new chef .
Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 66, Lummi 55.
Terrace council holds Civic Center meeting.
We are currently seeking a qualified Nurse/Marketing Liaison to join our staff at The Terraces at The Clare at Water Tower in Downtown Chicago.
Ernesto Lopez, 23, of 39 Kenwood Terrace, Springfield, Mass.
Demolition of former Terrace Shopping Center began in October, construction to begin by spring.

In science:

Figure 12 also shows the difference between the hopping and the exchange mechanism for the diffusion across the step from the higher to the lower terrace.
Density Functional Theory of Epitaxial Growth of Metals
The calculated activation energy for the step-down motion by exchange is (within the numerical accuracy) identical to that of the hopping diffusion at the terrace.
Density Functional Theory of Epitaxial Growth of Metals
The transition state for the exchange process is near the bridge site formed by two step-bottom atoms on the lower terrace (Sex in Fig. 20, right side).
Density Functional Theory of Epitaxial Growth of Metals
We provide rigorous results for irreversible nucleation and we assess the limits of mean-field theory (MFT): we show that MFT overestimates the correct result by a factor proportional to the number of times an adatom diffusing on the terrace visits an already visited lattice site.
Irreversible nucleation in multilayer growth
Here we investigate the process of attachment between diffusing adatoms, called ‘nucleation’ because the so formed dimer may be the nucleus of a new terrace [3, 4].
Irreversible nucleation in multilayer growth