a word or group of words designating something, especially in a particular field, as atom in physics, quietism in theology, adze in carpentry, or district leader in politics.
any word or group of words considered as a member of a construction or utterance.
the time or period through which something lasts.
a period of time to which limits have been set:
elected for a term of four years.
one of two or more divisions of a school year, during which instruction is regularly provided.
an appointed or set time or date, as for the payment of rent, interest, wages, etc.
Also called terminus. a figure, especially of Terminus, in the form of a herm, used by the ancient Romans as a boundary marker; terminal figure.
completion of pregnancy; parturition.
verb (used with object)
to apply a particular term or name to; name; call; designate.
bring to terms, to force to agree to stated demands or conditions; bring into submission:
After a long struggle, we brought them to terms.
come to terms,
eat one’s terms, British Informal. to study for the bar; be a law student.
in terms of, with regard to; concerning:
The book offers nothing in terms of a satisfactory conclusion.
a name, expression, or word used for some particular thing, esp in a specialized field of knowledge: a medical term
any word or expression
a limited period of time: his second term of office, a prison term
any of the divisions of the academic year during which a school, college, etc, is in session
a point in time determined for an event or for the end of a period
Also called full term. the period at which childbirth is imminent
(maths) either of the expressions the ratio of which is a fraction or proportion, any of the separate elements of a sequence, or any of the individual addends of a polynomial or series
(architect) Also called terminal, terminus, terminal figure. a sculptured post, esp one in the form of an armless bust or an animal on the top of a square pillar
(Australian rules football) the usual word for quarter (sense 10)
(archaic) a boundary or limit
(transitive) to designate; call: he was termed a thief
early 13c., terme “limit in time, set or appointed period,” from Old French terme “limit of time or place” (11c.), from Latin terminus “end, boundary line,” related to termen “boundary, end” (see terminus). Old English had termen “term, end,” from Latin. Sense of “period of time during which something happens” first recorded c.1300, especially of a school or law court session (mid-15c.).
The meaning “word or phrase used in a limited or precise sense” is first recorded late 14c., from Medieval Latin use to render Greek horos “boundary,” employed in mathematics and logic. Meaning “completion of the period of pregnancy” is from 1844. Term-paper in U.S. educational sense is recorded from 1931.
“to give a particular name to,” mid-16c., from term (n.). Related: Termed; terming.
- Mister right
noun phrase The person one would and should happily marry; one’s dream mate: The Kathleen Norris heroine who didn’t wait for Mr Right (1937+)
- Mister tom
noun phrase A black man who wishes to be or has been assimilated into the white middle-class culture; uncle tom (1960s+ Black)
[mist-flou-er] /ˈmɪstˌflaʊ ər/ noun 1. a North American composite plant, Eupatorium coelestinum, having heads of blue .
[mis-thingk] /mɪsˈθɪŋk/ Archaic. verb (used without object), misthought, misthinking. 1. to think incorrectly or unfavorably. verb (used with object), misthought, misthinking. 2. to think unfavorably or ill of. v. Old English misðyncan “to be mistaken;” see mis- (1) + think (v.). From early 13c. as “to have sinful thoughts;” from 1590s as “to think ill […]