Definitions of term

  1. ( usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; " the contract set out the conditions of the lease"; " the terms of the treaty were generous"
  2. the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent; " a healthy baby born at full term"
  3. name formally or designate with a term
  4. any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial; " the general term of an algebraic equation of the n- th degree"
  5. a word or expression used for some particular thing; " he learned many medical terms"
  6. one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition; " the major term of a syllogism must occur twice"
  7. a limited period of time; " a prison term"; " he left school before the end of term"
  8. ( architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome
  9. The menses.
  10. To name or call.
  11. That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
  12. The time for which anything lasts; any limited time; as, a term of five years; the term of life.
  13. In universities, schools, etc., a definite continuous period during which instruction is regularly given to students; as, the school year is divided into three terms.
  14. A point, line, or superficies, that limits; as, a line is the term of a superficies, and a superficies is the term of a solid.
  15. A fixed period of time; a prescribed duration
  16. The limitation of an estate; or rather, the whole time for which an estate is granted, as for the term of a life or lives, or for a term of years.
  17. A space of time granted to a debtor for discharging his obligation.
  18. The time in which a court is held or is open for the trial of causes.
  19. The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
  20. A word or expression; specifically, one that has a precisely limited meaning in certain relations and uses, or is peculiar to a science, art, profession, or the like; as, a technical term.
  21. A member of a compound quantity; as, a or b in a + b; ab or cd in ab - cd.
  22. Propositions or promises, as in contracts, which, when assented to or accepted by another, settle the contract and bind the parties; conditions.
  23. In Scotland, the time fixed for the payment of rents.
  24. A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
  25. To apply a term to; to name; to call; to denominate.
  26. A quadrangular pillar, adorned on the top with the figure of a head, as of a man, woman, or satyr; - called also terminal figure. See Terminus, n., 2 and 3.
  27. A limit or boundary; limited time; as, a term of five years; a division of a school year; the time of a court's session; a word or expression, especially one belonging particularly to one art, business, etc.; as, a legal term.
  28. Any limited period: the time for which anything lasts: the time during which the courts of law are open: certain days on which rent is paid: that by which a thought is expressed, a word or expression: a condition or arrangement ( gen. in pl.): ( alg.) a member of a compound quantity.
  29. To apply a term to: to name or call.
  30. A boundary; limit; limited period; duration; word or phrase.
  31. To designate; name.
  32. A word or expression to designate some fixed thing.
  33. A fixed period or limit of time.
  34. Conditions; basis of agreement.
  35. In contracts, conditions; stipulations.
  36. A limit, bound, or boundary: the time for which a thing lasts; a limited time; the limitation of an estate, or rather the whole time or duration of an estate; the time in which a court is held or open for the trial of causes, called Hilary, Easter, Trinity, and Michaelmas, from the festivals near, which they begin; a day on which rent is paid; in universities and colleges, the time during which instruction is given to students; a word or expression with a determinate meaning; the subject or predicate of a proposition; a kind of pillar or column, adorned on the top with a figure; a member of a compound quantity; the monthly uterine secretion of females.
  37. To name; to denominate.
  38. A boundary; a limit; the time for which a thing lasts; any limited time; in logic, the subject or predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a proposition, each of which is used twice; a word or expression denoting something peculiar to an art or a science; in alg. or arith., a member of a compound quantity; a word or expression in general.
  39. To name; to call; to denominate.

Usage examples for term

  1. They call this a kheda, the term used for a beat of the forest for game. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. Why this street is called by the term of pure gold? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  3. Time, to do- To serve a term in prison. – The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C. J. Dennis
  4. Private life, in any peculiar sense of the term, I have had none. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  5. Without any doubt, we could do so if we attached to the term the meaning which it had when it was first invented. – Social Justice Without Socialism by John Bates Clark
  6. Russ had read a little American history in his class the term before and thought he knew something about the Mexican War. – Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's by Laura Lee Hope
  7. Still I am sorry for the term. – Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock
  8. Your first term, you know- very important. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  9. I shall make a point of sitting upon her hard for the rest of the term." – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  10. I'll do better next term. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  11. " If the business were mine, or were business in the ordinary sense of the term-" " Why, why did you say it was business at all, then?" – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  12. I had it for the first term at Garside, but I soon grew out of it. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  13. I think she felt the term of her power at hand. – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  14. " Where you are concerned, Honora, I have but one desire," he answered, " and that is to see you happy- in the best sense of the term. – A Modern Chronicle, Volume 6 by Winston Churchill
  15. He raised a regiment at the breaking out of the war, which he commanded during its term of service. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  16. No, no,- the term,- I said,- the term. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. I have served my term in prison. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  18. The term in chap. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  19. He's District Attorney for the second term now, and you ought to hear him talk to a jury. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  20. It seems to have been usual to change the prefect of Egypt every few years, and the prefect- elect was often sent to Alexandria to wait till his predecessor's term of years had ended. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport