Meaning of terrain in English:


Pronunciation /tɛˈreɪn/

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mass noun
  • A stretch of land, especially with regard to its physical features.

    ‘they were delayed by rough terrain’
    • ‘a terrain of low green hills’
    • ‘a mind trying to find its way through difficult theoretical and political terrain’
    • ‘Mr Feeney said most people were unused to walking over rough terrain and their ankles are not strong enough.’
    • ‘Between the gap and the mountain was a wild and broken terrain of scarp and gorge.’
    • ‘The lovely grassland terrain levelled out and for another mile we continued south.’
    • ‘The drive to the base of the mountain, across isolated terrain, is enjoyable in itself.’
    • ‘Our national walk survey shows the coast is our favourite walking terrain.’
    • ‘The terrain is shallow valleys, the route follows the contours, enough to make walking easy.’
    • ‘He has never thought that the rocky terrain in a corner of his lands is a hindrance to farming.’
    • ‘Seismic reflection profiles can be shot over all kinds of topography or terrain.’
    • ‘The terrain includes cart tracks, stone stiles, rough moorland and broken stone tracks.’
    • ‘The eastern fence was in more difficult terrain and we added wire netting to deter sheep.’
    • ‘The vehicles were chosen for their ability to cope in difficult marshy terrain.’
    • ‘Mr Pope said the most difficult part of the journey was the bad weather and hilly terrain in Scotland.’
    • ‘The terrain being covered is very scenic with some great views over hills and valleys.’
    • ‘Being able to adapt to any hill conditions or terrain is what makes good skiers great.’
    • ‘The suspension was able to soak up major road undulations over rough terrain.’
    • ‘The trip will take them through harsh desert terrain and some of the poorest countries in the world.’
    • ‘Watson set a hot pace from the outset, over the type of Yorkshire terrain that suited the York rider.’
    • ‘The prime minister has taken not only the centre ground, but a good chunk of the rightwing terrain as well.’
    • ‘It is contested terrain, which will no doubt continue to foster debate and dialogue.’
    • ‘His point was that politics is a battle over a constantly moving terrain.’
    land, ground, territory
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Early 18th century (denoting part of the training ground in a riding school): from French, from a popular Latin variant of Latin terrenum, neuter of terrenus (see terrene).