term

term
term1 [tʉrm]
n.
[ME terme < OFr < L terminus, a limit, boundary, end < IE * term, a boundary stake < base * ter-, to cross over, go beyond > TRANS-, Gr terma, goal]
1. Archaic a point of time designating the beginning or end of a period
2. a set date, as for payment, termination of tenancy, etc.
3. a set period of time; duration; specif.,
a) a division of a school year, as a semester or quarter, during which a course of studies is given
b) the stipulated duration of an appointment to a particular office [elected to a four-year term]
c) the normal elapsed period for birth after conception; also, delivery at the end of this period; parturition
4. [pl.] conditions of a contract, agreement, sale, etc.
5. [pl.] mutual relationship between or among persons; footing [on speaking terms]
6. a word or phrase having a limiting and definite meaning in some science, art, etc. [tergumis a zoological term]
7. any word or phrase used in a definite or precise sense; expression [a colloquial term]
8. [pl.] words that express ideas in a specified way [to speak in derogatory terms]
9.
a) Now Rare a limit; boundary; extremity
b) [pl.] Obs. conditions; circumstances
10. Archit. a boundary post, esp. one consisting of a pedestal topped by a bust, as of the god Terminus
11. Law
a) the time a court is in session
b) the length of time for which an estate is granted
c) the estate itself
d) time allowed a debtor to pay
12. Logic
a) either of two concepts that have a stated relation, as the subject and predicate of a proposition
b) any of the three elements which function variously as subjects and predicates in a syllogism
13. Math.
a) either of the two quantities of a fraction or a ratio
b) each of the quantities in a series or sequence
c) each of the quantities connected by plus or minus signs in an algebraic expression
vt.
to call by a term; name
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bring to terms
to reduce to submission; force to agree
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come to terms
to arrive at an agreement or accommodation
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in terms of
1. by means of
2. with reference to
term2
abbrev.
1. terminal
2. termination

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
, , , , , , / , , , , / (considered as having a definite meaning; particularly a technical word), , , / (of a syllogism, of an equation, of a fraction, of a proportion, etc.), , , , , , , , ,


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