term

A term is a word or expression used with a particular meaning. "Rap," "punk," "grunge," and "heavy metal" are terms that describe particular styles of music. "Sweetie" is a term of endearment, at least to most people.

Terms can also mean the conditions of an agreement: when you rent an apartment, you agree to certain terms — that you'll pay the rent, you won't have loud parties, etc. If you're "on good terms with someone," you like each other. Term can also be a defined period of time. Spring term at school is the spring semester, and you may be assigned a term paper — to demonstrate how brilliant you've become during that time period.

Definitions of term
  1. noun
    a limited period of time
    “a prison term
    “he left school before the end of term
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    prison term, sentence, time
    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
    academic session, academic term, school term, session
    the time during which a school holds classes
    incumbency, tenure, term of office
    the term during which some position is held
    hard time
    a term served in a maximum security prison
    life, life sentence
    a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
    summer school
    an academic session during the summer; usually for remedial or supplementary study
    semester
    one of two divisions of an academic year
    trimester
    one of three divisions of an academic year
    quarter
    one of four periods into which the school year is divided
    administration, presidency, presidential term
    the tenure of a president
    vice-presidency, vice-presidential term
    the tenure of a vice president
    episcopate
    the term of office of a bishop
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    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  2. noun
    the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
    synonyms: full term
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    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  3. verb
    name formally or designate with a term
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    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  4. noun
    a word or expression used for some particular thing
    “he learned many medical terms
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    referent
    something that refers; a term that refers to another term
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    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
  5. noun
    (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement
    “the terms of the treaty were generous”
    synonyms: condition
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
  6. noun
    one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition
    “the major term of a syllogism must occur twice”
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    subject
    (logic) the first term of a proposition
    predicate
    (logic) what is predicated of the subject of a proposition; the second term in a proposition is predicated of the first term by means of the copula
    referent
    the first term in a proposition; the term to which other terms relate
    relatum
    a term in a proposition that is related to the referent of the proposition
    categorem, categoreme
    a categorematic expression; a term capable of standing alone as the subject or predicate of a logical proposition
    major term
    the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion
    minor term
    the term in a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion
    middle term
    the term in a syllogism that is common to both premises and excluded from the conclusion
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    constituent, grammatical constituent
    (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
  7. noun
    any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial
    “the general term of an algebraic equation of the n-th degree”
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    quantity
    the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
  8. noun
    (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
    synonyms: terminal figure, terminus
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    statue
    a sculpture representing a human or animal
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