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)
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British Dictionary definitions for terms (1 of 2)

terms

/ (tɜːmz) /

pl n

(usually specified prenominally) the actual language or mode of presentation usedhe described the project in loose terms
conditions of an agreementyou work here on our terms
a sum of money paid for a service or credit; charges
(usually preceded by on) mutual relationship or standingthey are on affectionate terms
in terms of as expressed by; regardingin terms of money he was no better off
come to terms to reach acceptance or agreementto come to terms with one's failings

British Dictionary definitions for terms (2 of 2)

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 terms

term

[ tûrm ]

n.

A limited period of time.
The end of a normal gestation period.
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Science definitions for terms

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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Idioms and Phrases with terms

terms


see bring to terms; come to terms with; contradiction in terms; in no uncertain terms; in terms of; on good terms; on speaking terms.

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