Meaning of term
Pronunciation: (tûrm), [key]
- a word or group of words designating something, esp. 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.
- reasonable terms.
- 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.
- Obs.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 calleda figure, esp. 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.
- to force to agree to stated demands or conditions; bring into submission: After a long struggle, we brought them to terms.
- to come to terms with a creditor.
- 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.
- to study for the bar; be a law student.
- with regard to; concerning: The book offers nothing in terms of a satisfactory conclusion.
- to apply a particular term or name to; name; call; designate.
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