[ turm ]
/ tɜrm /
a word or group of words designating something, especially in a particular field, as atom in physics, quietism in theology, adze in carpentry, or district leader in politics.
any word or group of words considered as a member of a construction or utterance.
the time or period through which something lasts.
a period of time to which limits have been set: elected for a term of four years.
one of two or more divisions of a school year, during which instruction is regularly provided.
an appointed or set time or date, as for the payment of rent, interest, wages, etc.
- 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.
Also called terminus. a figure, especially of Terminus, in the form of a herm, used by the ancient Romans as a boundary marker; terminal figure.
- 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.
completion of pregnancy; parturition.
- end, conclusion, or termination.
- boundary or limit.
verb (used with object)
to apply a particular term or name to; name; call; designate.
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Idioms for term
- 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.
bring to terms, to force to agree to stated demands or conditions; bring into submission: After a long struggle, we brought them to terms.
come to terms,
eat one's terms, British Informal. to study for the bar; be a law student.
in terms of, with regard to; concerning: The book offers nothing in terms of a satisfactory conclusion.
Origin of term
1175–1225; Middle English terme<Old French <Latin terminus boundary, limit, end; akin to Greek térmōn limit
OTHER WORDS FROM termtermly, adverbhalf-term, nounin·ter·term, adjectivemis·term, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for term
/ (tɜːm) /
a name, expression, or word used for some particular thing, esp in a specialized field of knowledgea medical term
any word or expression
a limited period of timehis second term of office; a prison term
any of the divisions of the academic year during which a school, college, etc, is in session
a point in time determined for an event or for the end of a period
Also called: full term the period at which childbirth is imminent
- 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
maths either of the expressions the ratio of which is a fraction or proportion, any of the separate elements of a sequence, or any of the individual addends of a polynomial or series
- 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
Also called: terminal, terminus, terminal figure architect a sculptured post, esp one in the form of an armless bust or an animal on the top of a square pillar
Australian rules football the usual word for quarter (def. 10)
archaic a boundary or limit
(tr) to designate; callhe was termed a thief
See also terms
Derived forms of termtermly, adverb
Word Origin for term
C13: from Old French terme, from Latin terminus end
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Medical definitions for term
[ tûrm ]
A limited period of time.
The end of a normal gestation period.
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Scientific 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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