[ turm ]
/ tɜrm /


verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. tergiversate,
  2. tergiversation,
  3. tergum,
  4. terhune,
  5. teriyaki,
  6. term day,
  7. term infant,
  8. term insurance,
  9. term life insurance,
  10. term limit


Origin of term

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

Related formsterm·ly, adverbhalf-term, nounin·ter·term, adjectivemis·term, verb (used with object)


term of art


a word or phrase that has a specific or precise meaning within a given discipline or field and might have a different meaning in common usage: Set is a term of art used by mathematicians, and burden of proof is a term of art used by lawyers.
See also art1(def 9).

Also called word of art.

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British Dictionary definitions for term


/ (tɜːm) /



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

Derived Formstermly, adverb

Word Origin for term

C13: from Old French terme, from Latin terminus end

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Word Origin and History for term
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Medicine definitions for term


[ tûrm ]


A limited period of time.
The end of a normal gestation period.

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Science definitions for 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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