- 1A word or phrase used to describe a thing or to express a concept, especially in a particular kind of language or branch of study: the musical term ‘leitmotiv’ a term of abuseMore example sentences
- But some of the older topics are now passé, and language, terms, and topics shift and adapt.
- It is significant that the term entered the language at a time of ineffective monarchical rule, in the mid-fifteenth century.
- In official language, this occurs through the use of technical terms - acronyms and jargon.
- 1.1 (terms) Language used on a particular occasion; a way of expressing oneself: a protest in the strongest possible termsMore example sentences
- In recent months she has shamelessly mentioned Saab on more than 30 occasions and never in less than ecstatic terms.
- It is feasible he made his point in even stronger terms in the dressing room beforehand, but there was little evidence early on of his sermon provoking the desired reaction.
- 1.2 Logic A word or words that may be the subject or predicate of a proposition.More example sentences
- Every simple proposition contains two terms, predicate and subject.
- There is no king of France at present; the subject term fails to refer to anything.
- 2A fixed or limited period for which something, for example office, imprisonment, or investment, lasts or is intended to last: the President is elected for a single four-year termMore example sentences
- However, now they have to illustrate what they plan to do in the next four years, the term of their office.
- The elected council members are set to begin their four-year term of office on Dec.31.
- Another significant section of the overturned clauses dealt with a fixed term of office for the Chief Prosecutor.
- 2.2 (also full term) [mass noun] The completion of a normal length of pregnancy: the pregnancy went to full termMore example sentences
- She had an uneventful pregnancy and at term underwent a cesarean section.
- All of the mothers studied were in spontaneous labor at term with singleton pregnancies in cephalic presentations.
- Pregnant women at term with rupture of membranes before labour are subjected to routine induction of labour.
- 2.3 (British also term of years or US term for years) Law A tenancy of a fixed period.More example sentences
- The right to request a new tenancy when the tenancy ‘could be brought to an end by notice to quit given by the tenant’ was held not to apply to a lease for a term of years.
- Then the government leases the work from the builder for a fixed term of years, during which it has to be maintained by its maker.
- The vendor would not sell without receiving his purchase money, and the mortgagee would not provide the purchase money without receiving the term of years.
- 3Each of the periods in the year, alternating with holiday or vacation, during which instruction is given in a school, college, or university, or during which a law court holds sessions: the summer term term starts tomorrowMore example sentences
- Around 300,000 young people are finishing their first term at university in the UK.
- For a lot of faculty members, in short, the end of a term is no vacation, but a mad scramble for survival.
- He also worked part time tutoring during the university term.
- 4 (terms) Conditions under which an action may be undertaken or agreement reached; stipulated or agreed requirements: their solicitors had agreed terms he could only be dealt with on his own termsMore example sentences
- But he was not prepared to commit to any decisions of policy, or reach any terms of agreement with the British Premier.
- But being able to make compromises on your own terms means you can live with them.
- Did the record-company people have designs for you, or were they ready to hear you on your own terms?
- 4.1Conditions with regard to payment for something; stated charges: loans on favourable termsMore example sentences
- We then proceeded to negotiate a commercial fee, terms and conditions of payment.
- Credit terms and price charged for goods were set based upon this analysis.
- He also said that the terms and conditions and pricing information are ‘very confusing’.
- 4.2Agreed conditions under which a war or other dispute is brought to an end: the United States played a key role in prodding the two sides to come to termsMore example sentences
reach (an) agreement/understanding, come to an agreement/understanding, make a deal, reach a compromise, meet each other halfway, establish a middle ground, be reconciled
- In the face of the danger threatening from the north, the factions came to terms.
- The two companies eventually came to terms.
- Both parties should come to terms and embrace dialogue.
- 5 Mathematics Each of the quantities in a ratio, series, or mathematical expression.More example sentences
- A geometric series is defined as having a constant ratio between consecutive terms.
- As you go farther and farther to the right in this sequence, the ratio of a term to the one before it will get closer and closer to the Golden Ratio.
- This uses a technique known as the integral test which compares the graph of a function with the terms of the series.
- 6 Architecture another term for terminus.
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- Give a descriptive name to; call by a specified term: he has been termed the father of modern theologyMore example sentences
- His rare talent means Joshua has been termed an art savant, a name given to someone who is gifted in a certain area.
- A former wife of the father had termed the father a prime case for child abuse.
- Traditionally, the Vedas have been handed down from one generation to another and many were opposed to recording it in the form of a cassette terming it a commercial venture.
come to terms with
- Come to accept (a new and painful or difficult event or situation); reconcile oneself to: she had come to terms with the tragedies in her lifeMore example sentences
- This makes the fact that the lyrics are so poor even more difficult to come to terms with.
- It is always difficult coming to terms with an imminent loss, but it was made much easier when such kindness was shown by an entire team.
- He said injured passengers on the ward had found it difficult coming to terms with the way they had survived when others had not.
in terms of (or in —— terms)
- With regard to the particular aspect or subject specified: replacing the printers is difficult to justify in terms of costMore example sentences
- While this is plenty of distance in everyday terms, in astronomical terms, it is a very near miss.
- He began justifying the war in human rights terms.
- The cost in financial terms is soaring, the cost in emotional terms is unmeasurable.
the long/short/medium term
- Used to refer to a time that is a specified way into the future: these ventures are unlikely to yield much return in the short termMore example sentences
- We are quite happy in principle to secure the long term future of the event.
- In the long term, mankind's very future may depend on what is being done right now in space research.
- This difficulty will impact on the short term future outlook for the sector.
- (In sport) level in score or on points.More example sentences
- Crucially, Lam made that seven with a drop-goal 10 minutes from time, leaving Saints needing two scores to get back on terms.
- Sam Bailey opened the scoring for Sutton although Heaton were soon back on terms with a penalty.
- That score brought Kilcock back on terms but the Moores' response was swift and sure.
on —— terms
- In a specified relation or on a specified footing: we are all on friendly termsMore example sentences
in a … relationship (with), having … relations (with), on a … footing (with)
- I expect a good welcome back because I was always on friendly terms with the fans.
- Those who had left, left on friendly terms and most were still in contact with him.
- She was a top class neighbour and friend who was on good terms with everyone.
terms of reference
- see reference.
Middle English (denoting a limit in space or time, or (in the plural) limiting conditions): from Old French terme, from Latin terminus 'end, boundary, limit'.