[ turm ]
/ tɜrm /


verb (used with object)

to apply a particular term or name to; name; call; designate.


Origin of term

1175–1225; Middle English terme < Old French < Latin terminus boundary, limit, end; akin to Greek térmōn limit

Related forms

term·ly, adverbhalf-term, nounin·ter·term, adjectivemis·term, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for half term (1 of 2)

half term


British education
  1. a short holiday midway through an academic term
  2. (as modifier)a half-term holiday

British Dictionary definitions for half term (2 of 2)


/ (tɜːm) /



(tr) to designate; callhe was termed a thief
See also terms

Derived Forms

termly, adverb

Word Origin for term

C13: from Old French terme, from Latin terminus end
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Medicine definitions for half term


[ tûrm ]


A limited period of time.
The end of a normal gestation period.
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Science definitions for half term


[ tûrm ]

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.
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