term

[ turm ]
/ tɜrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

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Idioms for term

Origin of term

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

OTHER WORDS FROM term

termly, adverbhalf-term, nounin·ter·term, adjectivemis·term, verb (used with object)

Definition for term (2 of 2)

term.

terminal.
termination.
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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 of term

termly, adverb

Word Origin for term

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

term
[ tûrm ]

n.

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