terr-, terra-, -ter
(Latin: earth, dry land, land)
This unit presents many words that are used in references having to do with earth and land; that is, the loose, fragmented material that composes part of the surface of this planet that we live on.
Don't confuse this element with other words that are spelled in a similar way; such as, terrify, terrible.
2. Ceramic wares made of this material.
Believed to have been used first in ancient Greece in about 600 B.C.
2. Etymology: from Modern Latin terra firma, "firm land"; from Latin terra "earth, land" + firma, "strong, steadfast".
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2. A new or unexplored field of knowledge.
An unexplored region. This phrase is often used in referring to matters about which one is uninformed, e.g. "I don't think I can do this because it is terra incognita to me."
2. A horizontal shelf or bench on the side of a hill, or sloping ground.
3. A row of houses on a level above the general surface, or on the face of a rising ground; loosely, a row of houses of uniform style, on a site slightly, if at all, raised above the level of the roadway.
4. An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
5. A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
6. About 1515, "gallery, portico, balcony", later "flat, raised place for walking" (1575), from Modern French terrace, from Old French terrasse "platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth)", from Vulgar Latin terracea, feminine of terraceus "earthen, earthy" from Latin terra "earth, land". As a natural formation in geology, traced back to 1674.
2. The act or process of creating a terrace or terraces.
2. To alter the environment of a celestial body in order to make it capable of supporting earth-life forms.
3. To change another planet's surface and atmosphere so that life as it exists on Earth is feasible.
2. Used very broadly as a synonym for planetary engineering in general. Since space exploration is in its infancy, a good deal of terraforming remains very speculative and serves to stimulate the imaginations of science-fiction writers.
2. Etymology: from Latin terranum, terrenum, "land, ground"; from terrenus, "of earth, earthly"; from terra, "earth, land"; literally, "dry land" (as opposed to the "sea"); from Greek teresesthai, "to become dry" or "to be dry"; Latin torrere "to dry up, to parch".