Meaning of TERRIER in English
/ter"ee euhr/ , n.
1. any of several breeds of usually small dogs, used originally to pursue game and drive it out of its hole or burrow.
2. ( cap. ) U.S. Mil. a surface-to-air, two-stage antiaircraft missile.
[ 1400-50; chien terrier lit., dog of the earth ( terrarius; see TERRA, -IER 2 ); so called because used to start badgers from their burrows; r. late ME terrere 2 ) ]
/ter"ee euhr/ , n. Law.
a book or document in which are described the site, boundaries, acreage, tenants, etc., of certain lands.
[ 1470-80; registre terrier register of land ( terrarius; see TERRA, -IER 2 ); r. earlier terrere 2 ]
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012