- 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
- [pl.] conditions of a contract, agreement, sale, etc.
- [pl.] 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 technical term
- [pl.] words that express ideas in a specified way: to speak in derogatory terms
- Now Rare a limit; boundary; extremity
- [pl.]Obs. 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 ( major term, minor term, middle term) 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 term?, 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.