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Definition of Term


  1. That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
  2. The time for which anything lasts; any limited time; as, a term of five years; the term of life.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A fixed period of time; a prescribed duration
  6. 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.
  7. A space of time granted to a debtor for discharging his obligation.
  8. The time in which a court is held or is open for the trial of causes.
  9. The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A member of a compound quantity; as, a or b in a + b; ab or cd in ab - cd.
  13. The menses.
  14. Propositions or promises, as in contracts, which, when assented to or accepted by another, settle the contract and bind the parties; conditions.
  15. In Scotland, the time fixed for the payment of rents.
  16. A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
  17. To apply a term to; to name; to call; to denominate.

Term Quotations

The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn't really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that.
Marco Rubio

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama

I like the term 'misunderstood.' But I am a bit of a bad boy.
Zayn Malik

Kids go to school and college and get through, but they don't seem to really care about using their minds. School doesn't have the kind of long term positive impact that it should.
Howard Gardner

When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that's a term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.
Norm MacDonald
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Term Translations

term in Afrikaans is term
term in Danish is udtryk
term in Dutch is vakterm, term
term in French is ajournement, listing
term in German is Fachausdruck {m}, Ausdruck {m}
term in Portuguese is termo
term in Swedish is villkor, term, termin
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