terrace

A terrace is a paved or brick outdoor area right next to a house or apartment. You might have a nice dinner out on your terrace, enjoying the sunset.

Terrace and patio are synonyms. Another meaning for terrace is "a block of row houses that are connected by shared walls and are built in a similar style." Terrace also refers to flat areas on a hillside where people farm or have built houses. That land has been terraced, meaning "made into shelves."

Definitions of terrace
  1. noun
    usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
    synonyms: patio
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    types:
    solar trap, suntrap
    a terrace or garden oriented to take advantage of the sun while protected from cold winds
    type of:
    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  2. noun
    a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)
    synonyms: bench
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    type of:
    plateau, tableland
    a relatively flat highland
  3. verb
    make into terraces as for cultivation
    “The Incas terraced their mountainous land”
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    type of:
    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  4. verb
    provide (a house) with a terrace
    synonyms: terrasse
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  5. noun
    a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)
    “Grosvenor Terrace
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    type of:
    row
    an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line
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