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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.

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

  2. terrainnoun

    An area of land or the particular features of it.

    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. President Barack Obama:

    I don't think they're gaining strength, what is true, 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 you don't see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain. What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures. We've made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters.

  2. John Nicholson:

    They believed they were going to be able to seize and hold terrain, and they failed to do so.

  3. Homeland Security official:

    The Rio Grande is a dangerous river, it looks calm, but it has resulted in a number of rescues and deaths over the years and is one of the main ways in which migrants are at risk from the terrain and natural barriers that exist as they travel north, water rescues are up significantly this year compared to last year.

  4. Rahul Verma:

    I feel the BJP is hell-bent on running this campaign on national security, basically, if they bring up any other thing, they would be on difficult terrain, like on economic issues or on their performance.

  5. Maria Garcia:

    We built our neighborhoods inch by inch, overcoming difficult terrain, floods and hostile public authorities, it's been a tough fight to put up a home in the midst of hardship, but we never gave in nor let ourselves be swept away by sadness.

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