Term

Definition of Term

n.1.That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
Corruption is a reciprocal to generation, and they two are as nature's two terms, or boundaries.
- Bacon.
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.(Geom.) 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.(Law) A fixed period of time; a prescribed duration
6.(Logic) The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
The subject and predicate of a proposition are, after Aristotle, together called its terms or extremes.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
7.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.
In painting, the greatest beauties can not always be expressed for want of terms.
- Dryden.
8.(Arch.) 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.
9.(Alg.) A member of a compound quantity; as, a or b in a + b; ab or cd in ab - cd.
10.(Med.) The menses.
11.(Law) Propositions or promises, as in contracts, which, when assented to or accepted by another, settle the contract and bind the parties; conditions.
12.(Law) In Scotland, the time fixed for the payment of rents.
13.(Naut.) A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
In term
in set terms; in formal phrase.
I can not speak in term.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.To apply a term to; to name; to call; to denominate.
[imp. & p. p. Termed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Terming.]
Men term what is beyond the limits of the universe "imaginary space."
- Locke.

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