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Oxford dictionary definition of the word term:
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 abuse
(terms) language used on a particular occasion; a way of expressing oneself:
a protest in the strongest possible terms
Logic a word or words that may be the subject or predicate of a proposition.
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 term
(also term day) (especially in Scotland) a fixed day of the year appointed for the making of payments, the start or end of tenancies, etc..
(also full term) [mass noun] the completion of a normal length of pregnancy:
the pregnancy went to full term
(British also term of years or US term for years) Law a tenancy of a fixed period.
archaic the duration of a person’s life.
archaic a boundary or limit, especially of time.
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 tomorrow
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 terms
conditions with regard to payment for something; stated charges:
loans on favourable terms
agreed 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 terms
5 Mathematics each of the quantities in a ratio, series, or mathematical expression.
6 Architectureanother term for terminus.
[with object and usually with complement]
give a descriptive name to; call by a specified term:
he has been termed the father of modern theology
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 life
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 cost
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 term
in a state of friendship or equality.
(in sport) level in score or on points.
on —— terms
in a specified relation or on a specified footing:
we are all on friendly terms
terms of 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’