2. Excessive; extreme; severe. [Colloq.]
The terrible coldness of the season.Clarendon.
Syn. Terrific; fearful; frightful; formidable; dreadful; horrible; shocking; awful.
Ter"ri*ble*ness, n. Ter"ri*bly, adv.
(||Ter*ric"o*læ) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. terra + colere to inhabit.] (Zoöl.) A division of annelids including
the common earthworms and allied species.
(Ter`ri*en"ni*ak) n. (Zoöl.) The arctic fox.
(Ter"ri*er) n. [CF. L. terere to rub, to rub away, terebra a borer.] An auger or borer. [Obs.]
1. [F. terrier, chien terrier, from terre the earth, L. terra; cf. F. terrier a burrow, LL. terrarium a hillock
See Terrace, and cf. Terrier, 2.] (Zoöl.) One of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct
subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping
ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright
Most kinds of terriers are noted for their courage, the acuteness of their sense of smell, their propensity
to hunt burrowing animals, and their activity in destroying rats, etc. See Fox terrier, under Fox.
2. [F. terrier, papier terrier, LL. terrarius liber, i.e., a book belonging or pertaining to land or landed
estates. See Terrier, 1, and cf. Terrar.] (Law) (a) Formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the
vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, and the like.
(b) In modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described
by their site, boundaries, number of acres, or the like. [Written also terrar.]
(Ter*rif"ic) a. [L. terrificus; fr. terrere to frighten + facere to make. See Terror, and Fact.]
Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread; terrible; as, a terrific form; a terrific sight.
(Ter*rif"ic*al) a. Terrific. [R.]
(Ter*rif"ic*al*ly), adv. In a terrific manner.
(Ter"ri*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Terrified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Terrifying ] [L. terrere to frighten + -
fy: cf. F. terrifier, L. terrificare. See Terrific, and - fy.]
1. To make terrible. [Obs.]
If the law, instead of aggravating and terrifying sin, shall give out license, it foils itself.Milton.
2. To alarm or shock with fear; to frighten.
When ye shall hear of wars . . . be not terrified.Luke xxi. 9.
(Ter*rig"e*nous) a. [L. terrigena, terrigenus; terra the earth + genere, gignere, to bring
forth.] Earthborn; produced by the earth.
(Ter`ri*to"ri*al) a. [L. territorialis: cf. F. territorial.]
1. Of or pertaining to territory or land; as, territorial limits; territorial jurisdiction.