- conditions with regard to payment, price, charge, rates, wages, etc.: reasonable terms.
- conditions or stipulations limiting what is proposed to be granted or done: the terms of a treaty.
- footing or standing; relations: on good terms with someone.
- Obsolete.state, situation, or circumstances.
- each of the members of which an expression, a series of quantities, or the like, is composed, as one of two or more parts of an algebraic expression.
- a mathematical expression of the form axp, axpyq, etc., where a, p, and q are numbers and x and y are variables.
- the subject or predicate of a categorical proposition.
- the word or expression denoting the subject or predicate of a categorical proposition.
- an estate or interest in land or the like, to be enjoyed for a fixed period.
- the duration of an estate.
- each of the periods during which certain courts of law hold their sessions.
- end, conclusion, or termination.
- boundary or limit.
verb (used with object)
- to reach an agreement; make an arrangement: to come to terms with a creditor.
- to become resigned or accustomed: to come to terms with one's life.
Origin of term
- an estate or interest in land limited to run for a specified perioda term of years
- the duration of an estate, etc
- (formerly) a period of time during which sessions of courts of law were held
- time allowed to a debtor to settle
- the word or phrase that forms either the subject or predicate of a proposition
- a name or variable, as opposed to a predicate
- one of the relata of a relation
- any of the three subjects or predicates occurring in a syllogism
Word Origin for term
early 13c., terme "limit in time, set or appointed period," from Old French terme "limit of time or place" (11c.), from Latin terminus "end, boundary line," related to termen "boundary, end" (see terminus). Old English had termen "term, end," from Latin. Sense of "period of time during which something happens" first recorded c.1300, especially of a school or law court session (mid-15c.).
The meaning "word or phrase used in a limited or precise sense" is first recorded late 14c., from Medieval Latin use to render Greek horos "boundary," employed in mathematics and logic. Meaning "completion of the period of pregnancy" is from 1844. Term-paper in U.S. educational sense is recorded from 1931.
"to give a particular name to," mid-16c., from term (n.). Related: Termed; terming.
in terms of
As measured or indicated by, on the basis of. For example, How far is it in terms of miles? This usage originated in mathematics, where it alludes to numerical units. [Mid-1700s]
In relation to, with reference to, as in This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory entertainment. [Late 1800s]