- 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.
term definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
term definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A limited period of time.b. A period of time that is assigned to a person to serve: a six-year term as senator. See Synonyms at period.c. A period when a school or court is in session.
- 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: had to explain the term gridlock.b. terms Language of a certain kind; chosen words: spoke in rather vague terms; praised him in glowing terms.
- One of the elements of a proposed or concluded agreement; a condition. Often used in the plural: 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.
Origin: Middle 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.
term - Business Definition
- The period during which a loan will remain outstanding. For example, a bond may have a term of ten years, after which the borrower will pay the principal.
- The length of time that a person is to serve in an official capacity. For example, a firm's directors may be elected for terms of three years each.
term - Investment & Finance Definition
- The period during which a bond will remain outstanding.
- The length of time that a person is to serve in a usually official capacity. For example, a firm's directors may be elected for terms of three years each.
term - Medical Definition
- A limited period of time.
- The end of a normal gestation period.
term - Phrases/Idioms
bring to terms
come to terms
in terms of
- by means of
- with reference to
in terms of
- As measured or indicated by; in units of: distances expressed in terms of kilometers as well as miles; cheap entertainment, but costly in terms of time wasted.
- In relation to; with reference to: “facilities planned and programmed in terms of their interrelationships, instead of evolving haphazardly” (Wharton Magazine).
term - Science Definition
- Each of the quantities or expressions that form the parts of a ratio or the numerator and denominator of a fraction.
- Any of the quantities in an equation that are connected to other quantities by a plus sign or a minus sign.