- 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
Related formsterm·ly, adverbhalf-term, nounin·ter·term, adjectivemis·term, verb (used with object)
Definition for term (2 of 3)
Definition for term (3 of 3)
term of art
Examples from the Web for term
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.
Wrapees was the term marines used for the Japanese because they had wrapping round their legs.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He lost his bid for a fourth term to George Pataki that year.
It will accordingly be well for us to carefully examine this term and its meaning.Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers|Bhakta Vishita
The term "broke her leg" was used to convey the meaning of pregnancy.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
"Somnambulism," however, is too vague and undefined a term for our present discussion.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death|Frederick W. H. Myers
The term "the rest," applied to persons, occurs in the following passages of the Apocalypse in addition to that before us: chaps.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Revelation|William Milligan
The term struck Doggies brain with a thud, like the explosive fusion of two elements.The Rough Road|William John Locke
British Dictionary definitions for 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