- The definition of a term is a word or group of words that has a special meaning, a specific time period or a condition of a contract.
- An example of term is "cultural diversity."
- An example of term is three months for a college semester.
- An example of term is a contract clause that says that payment must be paid by a cashier's check.
- Term is defined as to give a name to something.
An example of term is to name a newly discovered organism.
- Archaic a point of time designating the beginning or end of a period
- a set date, as for payment, termination of tenancy, etc.
- a set period of time; duration; specif.,
- a division of a school year, as a semester or quarter, during which a course of studies is given
- ☆ the stipulated duration of an appointment to a particular office: elected to a four-year term
- the normal elapsed period for birth after conception; also, delivery at the end of this period; parturition
- conditions of a contract, agreement, sale, etc.
- mutual relationship between or among persons; footing: on speaking terms
- a word or phrase having a limiting and definite meaning in some science, art, etc.: “tergum” is a zoological term
- any word or phrase used in a definite or precise sense; expression: a colloquial term
- words that express ideas in a specified way: to speak in derogatory terms
- Now Rare a limit; boundary; extremity
- Obsolete conditions; circumstances
- Archit. a boundary post, esp. one consisting of a pedestal topped by a bust, as of the god Terminus
- the time a court is in session
- the length of time for which an estate is granted
- the estate itself
- time allowed a debtor to pay
- either of two concepts that have a stated relation, as the subject and predicate of a proposition
- any of the three elements which function variously as subjects and predicates in a syllogism
- either of the two quantities of a fraction or a ratio
- each of the quantities in a series or sequence
- each of the quantities connected by plus or minus signs in an algebraic expression
Origin of termMiddle English terme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin terminus, a limit, boundary, end ; from Indo-European an unverified form termṇ, a boundary stake ; from base an unverified form ter-, to cross over, go beyond from source trans-, Classical Greek terma, goal
bring to terms
come to terms
in terms of
- by means of
- with reference to
- A limited or established period of time that something is supposed to last, as a school or court session, tenure in public office, or a prison sentence.
- a. A point in time at which something ends; termination: an apprenticeship nearing its term.b. The end of a normal gestation period: carried the fetus to term.c. A deadline, as for making a payment.
- Law a. A fixed period of time for which an estate is granted.b. An estate granted for a fixed period.
- a. A word or group of words having a particular meaning, especially in a specific field: I was baffled by the technical terms that the programmers were using.b. terms Language of a certain kind; chosen words: spoke in rather vague terms; praised him in glowing terms.
- often terms One of the elements of a proposed or concluded agreement; a condition: offered favorable peace terms; one of the terms of the lease; the terms of a divorce settlement.
- terms The relationship between two people or groups; personal footing: on good terms with her in-laws.
- Mathematics a. One of the quantities composing a ratio or fraction or forming a series.b. One of the quantities connected by addition or subtraction signs in an equation; a member.
- Logic Each of the two concepts being compared or related in a proposition.
- a. A stone or post marking a boundary, especially a squared and downward-tapering pillar adorned with a head and upper torso.b. An architectural or decorative motif resembling such a marker.
transitive verbtermed, term·ing, terms
Origin of termMiddle English terme, from Old French, from Latin terminus, boundary. N., senses 4–8, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin terminus, from Late Latin, mathematical or logical term, from Latin, boundary, limit.
- Limitation, restriction or regulation.
- Any of the binding conditions or promises in a legal contract.
- Be sure to read the terms and conditions before signing.
- That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
- (geometry) A point, line, or superficies that limits.
- A line is the term of a superficies, and a superficies is the term of a solid.
- A word or phrase, especially one from a specialised area of knowledge.
- "Algorithm" is a term used in computer science.
- Relations among people.
- We are on friendly terms with each other.
- Part of a year, especially one of the three parts of an academic year.
- (mathematics) Any value (variable or constant) or expression separated from another term by a space or an appropriate character, in an overall expression or table.
- All the terms of this sum cancel out.
- One only term is odd in ( 12; 3; 4 ).
- (logic) The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
- (architecture) A quadrangular pillar, adorned on top with the figure of a head, as of a man, woman, or satyr.
- Duration of a set length; period in office of fixed length.
- He was sentenced to a term of six years in prison.
- near-term, mid-term and long-term goals
- the term allowed to a debtor to discharge his debt
- (computing) A terminal emulator, a program that emulates a video terminal.
- (of a patent) The maximum period during which the patent can be maintained into force.
- (astrology) An essential dignity in which unequal segments of every astrological sign have internal rulerships which affect the power and integrity of each planet in a natal chart.
- (archaic) A menstrual period.
- (nautical) A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
(third-person singular simple present terms, present participle terming, simple past and past participle termed)
- To phrase a certain way, especially with an unusual wording.