term

[ turm ]
/ tɜrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

Idioms

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)

Definition for term (2 of 3)

Definition for term (3 of 3)

term of art

noun

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

term

/ (tɜːm) /

noun


verb

(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 term

term

[ tûrm ]

n.

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

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Science definitions for term

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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