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. a word or expression used for some particular thing; " he learned many medical terms"
  5. one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition; " the major term of a syllogism must occur twice"
  6. a limited period of time; " a prison term"; " he left school before the end of term"
  7. ( 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
  8. The menses.
  9. To name or call.
  10. That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
  11. The time for which anything lasts; any limited time; as, a term of five years; the term of life.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A fixed period of time; a prescribed duration
  15. 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.
  16. A space of time granted to a debtor for discharging his obligation.
  17. The time in which a court is held or is open for the trial of causes.
  18. The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
  19. 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.
  20. A member of a compound quantity; as, a or b in a + b; ab or cd in ab - cd.
  21. Propositions or promises, as in contracts, which, when assented to or accepted by another, settle the contract and bind the parties; conditions.
  22. In Scotland, the time fixed for the payment of rents.
  23. A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
  24. To apply a term to; to name; to call; to denominate.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. To apply a term to: to name or call.
  29. A boundary; limit; limited period; duration; word or phrase.
  30. To designate; name.
  31. A word or expression to designate some fixed thing.
  32. A fixed period or limit of time.
  33. Conditions; basis of agreement.
  34. In contracts, conditions; stipulations.
  35. 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.
  36. To name; to denominate.
  37. 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.
  38. 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. I think she felt the term of her power at hand. – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Time, to do- To serve a term in prison. – The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C. J. Dennis
  7. Still I am sorry for the term. – Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock
  8. " 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
  9. Why this street is called by the term of pure gold? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  10. 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
  11. I'll do better next term. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  12. I have served my term in prison. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. " 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
  16. 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
  17. The term in chap. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  18. Private life, in any peculiar sense of the term, I have had none. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  19. 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