Terrace epoch
Terrace Ter"race, n. [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}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A balcony, especially a large and uncovered one. [1913 Webster]

3. A flat roof to a house; as, the buildings of the Oriental nations are covered with terraces. [1913 Webster]

4. A street, or a row of houses, on a bank or the side of a hill; hence, any street, or row of houses. [1913 Webster]

5. (Geol.) A level plain, usually with a steep front, bordering a river, a lake, or sometimes the sea. [1913 Webster]

Note: Many rivers are bordered by a series of terraces at different levels, indicating the flood plains at successive periods in their history. [1913 Webster]

{Terrace epoch}. (Geol.) See {Drift epoch}, under {Drift}, a. [1913 Webster]


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