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spoken English37.16%written English62.84% conversational speech20.56%task-oriented speech79.44% imaginative writing16.05%informational writing83.95%
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Term is sometimes a misspelling of team.

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Definition of the noun term

What does term mean as a name of something?

Term is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: terms

  1. a word or expression used for some particular thing
    • example: he learned many medical terms
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: word = a unit of language that native speakers can identify
    • more specific word: referent = something that refers
  2. a limited period of time
  3. (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement
  4. any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial
    • example: the general term of an algebraic equation of the n-th degree
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: quantity = the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
  5. one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition
    • example: the major term of a syllogism must occur twice
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: constituent / grammatical constituent = a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
    • more specific terms:
      • subject = the first term of a proposition
      • predicate = what is predicated of the subject of a proposition
      • referent = the first term in a proposition
      • relatum = a term in a proposition that is related to the referent of the proposition
      • categoreme / categorem = a categorematic expression
      • 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
    • part of: proposition = a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
  6. the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
  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

Alternative definition of the noun term


  1. limitation, restriction or regulation.
  2. word or phrase, especially one from a specialised area of knowledge.
  3. Relations among people.
  4. part of a year, especially one of the three parts of an academic year.
  5. [mathematics] any value (variable or constant) or expression separated from another term by a + or - sign in an overall expression
  6. duration of a set length; period in office of fixed length.
  7. [computing] a terminal emulator, a program that emulates a video terminal
  8. [context: of a patent] the maximum period during which the patent can be maintained into force
  9. [astrology] an essential dignity in which unequal segments of every astrological sign have internal rulerships which affect the power and integrity of each planet in a natal chart

Specialised definition of the noun term

Glossary of finance / mortgage

the duration or number of years during which a loan or mortgage is repaid

Definition of the verb term

What does term mean as a doing word?

Term is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: termed | terming | terms

  1. name formally or designate with a term
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The captain baptized the ship
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]The captain named the ship Seafarer

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): call, decree, dub, make, pronounce, rename, rule, stamp, vote.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: be known as / call / know as / name = assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to


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"Term" is a short story written by Alison Lee Kinney.


  1. Term: In analogy to natural language, where a noun phrase refers to an object and a whole sentence refers to a fact, in mathematical logic, a term denotes a mathematical object and a formula denotes a mathematical fact. In particular, terms appear as components of a formula.
  2. Term: A term is a period of duration, time or occurrence, in relation to an event. To differentiate an interval or duration, common phrases are used to distinguish the observance of length are near-term or short-term, medium-term or mid-term and long-term.
    • also known as Long term
  3. Term: In Classical architecture a term or terminal figure is a human head and bust that continues as a square tapering pillar-like form.
  4. Term: A term is a mathematical expression which may form a separable part of an equation, a series, or another expression.
  5. Term: In argumentation theory, a term is that part of a statement in an argument which refers to a specific thing. Usually, but not always expressed as a noun, one of the requirements to informally prove a conclusion with a deductive argument is for all its terms to be used unambiguously. The ambiguous use of a term in a deductive argument may be an instance of the fallacy of four terms.

Phrases with Term

Phrases starting with the word Term:

  1. Term limit
  2. Term logic
  3. term paper
  4. Term-Limit

Phrases ending with the word Term:

  1. full term
  2. full-term
  3. half-term
  4. Long Term
  5. long-term
  6. Near-Term
  7. Fixed-Term
  8. Index term
  9. Legal Term
  10. major term
  11. minor term
  12. Short Term
  13. short-term
  14. slang term
  15. Medium-Term
  16. middle term

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Term

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Google previewSolid-State Physics (2007)

Introduction to the Theory by James Patterson, Bernard C. Bailey

The first term is the operator representing the kinetic energy of the electrons. The second term is the operator representing the kinetic energy of the nuclei. The third term is the Coulomb potential energy of interaction between the electrons.

Google previewModeling, Analysis, and Composition of Business Processes

A term is a constant, or a variable, or an expression of the form v, or ID(x1), or A( x2) where v is a 0-ary function symbol, A is a...

Google previewThe History of Philosophy (1791)

From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Present Century; Drawn Up from Brucker's Historia Critica Philosophiae. ... In Two Volumes. ... by Johann Jakob Brucker

The Middle Term is that which is introduced to shew the connection between the Major and Minor, and thus bring out the...

The figures of Syllogisms are three, in the First, the middle term is the subject os the major proposition, and the ...

Google previewThe elements of logic (1807)

In four books ... designed particularly for young gentlemen at the university ... by William Duncan

In the syllogisms mentioned in the foregoing chapters, we may observe that the middle term is the subject of the major proposition, and the predicate of the minor. This disposition, though the most natural and obvious, is not however necessary ...

Google previewThe Western Teacher (1912)

A grammatical term is a word, or a group of related words, which performs a distinct office in the structure of a sentence. - There are but four...

Google previewOptimal Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy Under Segmented Asset Markets and Sticky Prices (2007)

by Juan Pablo Medina Guzman, Ruy Lama

term is the expenditure on tradable and non-tradable consumption goods including transaction costs. The second is the expenditure on domestic contingent bonds. d,;+1(t1") is the units of these bonds bought by the trader and qt,t+1 is the ...

Google previewThermal Model Predictive Control for Demand Side Management Cooling Strategies (2008)

by Panayiotis Romanos

The first term is the beam contribution. The second is the isotropic diffuse term which includes the product of sky area As (an undefined area) and the radiation view factor from the sky to the surface of the outer wall Fs-w. The third is the ...

Google previewDevelopment Finance Institutions (2001)

Measuring Their Subsidy by Mark Schreiner, Jacob Yaron

The first term is the cost of funds put in at the start. For society at time 0, start equity is worth E0 when entrusted to the DFI at time 0 but only 8 TT • E0 when it comes back at time T. The cost is the present value of funds when they are put in less ...

Google previewThe dictionary of medical and surgical knowledge, by the editor of the 'Dictionary of useful knowledge'. (1864)

An anatomical term for a gland, ligament.

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Terms (2011)

A Guide to the Language of Judaism by Ronald L. Eisenberg

Yiddish term for rendered chicken fat, traditionally used instead as a shortening and for frying and flavoring food. Shmaltzy. Yiddish term used to describe music or literature that is excessively sentimental, overly romantic, or gushingly sweet.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

erotica The collective term for materials of an erotic nature, and particularly for prose or ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the British Empire (1996)

by James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle

The term "kaffir" (sometimes spelled "caffre") was derived from the Arabic word meaning "unbeliever" or "infidel," and it originally was applied as a general term for non-Muslims. When questioned by the newly arrived Portuguese in the ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Astrology, in which every technical ... term belonging to the Science is ... explained and the various systems of the most approved Authors accurately defined, etc (1819)

by James WILSON (Philomath.)

SYZYGES, the new and full Moon, also the d or & of any two planets, and it is often used as a common term for familiarities of every description. | TABLE OF HOUSES. See “Figure.” (A complete set of tables will be published for the use of the ...

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Usage statistics for the noun term:

spoken English37.16%written English62.84% conversational speech20.56%task-oriented speech79.44% imaginative writing16.05%informational writing83.95%

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There are three side effects of acid. Enchanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third. (Timothy Leary)
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Scrabble value of T1E1R1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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