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Princeton's WordNet

  1. terrainnoun

    a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential

    "they decided to attack across the rocky terrain"


  1. terrainnoun

    A single, distinctive rock formation; an area having a preponderance of a particular rock or group of rocks.

  2. terrainnoun

    An area of land or the particular features of it.

  3. Etymology: From terrain, from terrenum, neuter of terrenus, from terra.


  1. Terrain

    Terrain, or land relief, is the vertical and horizontal dimension of land surface. When relief is described underwater, the term bathymetry is used. Terrain is used as a general term in physical geography, referring to the lay of the land. This is usually expressed in terms of the elevation, slope, and orientation of terrain features. Terrain affects surface water flow and distribution. Over a large area, it can affect weather and climate patterns.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terrain

    ter′ān, n. (geol.) any series of rocks continuously related: any tract considered in relation to its fitness for some purpose. [Fr.,—L. terrenum.]

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  1. retrain

  2. trainer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of terrain in a Sentence

  1. Brian Lattimer:

    Balancing on any type of terrain that's unstable - especially for bipedal robots - is very difficult, whole-body momentum control allows for the robot to optimize the locations of all of its joints so that it maintains its center of mass on uncertain and unstable surfaces.

  2. President Obama:

    I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq. And in Syria, they'll come in, they'll leave, but Joseph Dunford don't see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.

  3. Usani Uguru Usani:

    The terrain on which the (oil) flows are running is challenging and may not always be attack proof, (But) ... effective action has been taken.

  4. Sagar Mani Parajuli:

    The helicopters are small. They don't fly in windy and cloudy conditions. Given Nepal's geographical terrain, we cannot use surface transport much but are using it, we need 150,000 tents and tarpaulins, but we don't have enough of them.

  5. Thomas Weidley:

    (Iraqi forces) will eventually take back the terrain.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. usurious
    • B. currish
    • C. motile
    • D. commensal

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