terraformed adj.

of an environment or planet: transformed by terraforming n.

  • 1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Minus Sign in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 47/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Rick omitted breakfast and hurried to the laboratory, just under the crown of the terraformed hill.

  • 1949 ‘W. Stewart’ Seetee Shock in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 37/1 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    That little terraformed planetoid, outside the mines and the drift, had been the base of supplies for Freedonia.

  • 1972 M. Z. Bradley Darkover Landfall xi. 106 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Secretly it seemed to him that it might be more interesting to colonize a ‘wild’ planet than one extensively terraformed and worked over by Earth Expeditionary.

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver vii.xxi. 239 David Brin

    We are challenged by some two-bit species…who now own two little terraformed planets that sit right astride our only route to the colony on Omnivarium?

  • 1989 ‘G. Naylor’ Red Dwarf 4

    Twelve miles below him, under the pexiglass dome of the terraformed colony of Mimas, half the ship’s crew were on planet leave.

  • 1991 K. Laumer Judson's Eden 240 Keith Laumer

    AutoSpace has succeeded in establishing viable colonies on more than a dozen habitable or terraformed bodies!

  • 1993 I. Asimov Forward Foundation 393 Isaac Asimov

    Wanda invariably found herself out here, scratching at the terraformed ground, as if coaxing a few plants to life might somehow, in some tiny measure, ameliorate her pain.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 90 Kim Stanley Robinson

    All its metals together total about twenty trillion dollars, but the value of a terraformed Mars is more in the neighbourhood of two hundred trillion dollars.

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return v. 32 William Shatner

    The terraformed crater of Mars were sharp with the tang of oxide-rich soil.

  • 2019 Y. H. Lee Dragon Pearl iv. 32 Yoon Ha Lee bibliography

    For a moment I allowed myself to imagine what it would be like to breathe clean, sweet air without having to wear a mask every time I went outside. In the holos, fully terraformed worlds were lush and verdant, with trees rustling in the wind and flowers that flourished without having to be coddled in the protected gardens of wealthy people.

Research requirements

antedating 1942

Earliest cite

Jack Williamson, "Minus Sign"

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from Jack Williamson's "Minus Sign".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Yoon Ha Lee.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1949.

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