term-n; 10 Senses

Sense Number 1: unit of meaning or expression, as in language or mathematics

Commentary: TERM[+abstract][+unit][+meaning][+linguistic/+logical/+mathematical] a word or symbolic expression that designates a concept, sometimes a quantitative concept

He learned many medical terms.
What is another term for 'pursue'?
What is the minor term of this syllogism?
This term drops out of the equation.
These are polynomial terms.
Sally uses too many slang terms.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 5

Sense Number 2: specified length of time

Commentary: TERM[+event][+quantity][+temporal][+specified] a limited period of time

He has served two terms in the Senate.
The fourth term of this school year will end on June 15th.
The billing term is thirty days.
Bob's brother is serving a prison term for armed robbery.
In the long term, the sun will become a red giant.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a condition or stipulation

Commentary: TERM[+relation][+condition][+specified][+contract/+settlement] (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement

The contract set out the terms for the lease.
The terms of the treaty were generous.
What are the terms of this return policy?
We didn't like the terms of the settlement.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: an endpoint in time

Commentary: TERM[+position][+temporal][+endpoint] an endpoint, usually of gestation

She had her baby before full term.
The infant had low birth weight at term.
How much will this bond be worth when it comes to term?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 5: a description or account of something

Commentary: TERM[+expression][+description]
NOTE: always occurs in the plural, unlike sense 1

He described the experience in glowing terms.
There are no terms to express our gratitude for your help.
I objected to it in the strongest possible terms.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b

Sense Number 6: a state of social reciprocity

Commentary: TERM[+state][+social][+reciprocity]
NOTE: always occurs in the plural

The two nations are not on good terms with each other.
He and I have been on excellent terms for years.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b

Sense Number 7: boundary figure on statuary

Commentary: TERM[+physical][+figure][+boundary][+statuary] terminus, terminal figure - (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar

Terms were originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome.
The new building had a beautifully carved term on each column.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: resolve or acknowledge something

Commentary: Idiom: come_to_terms

Mary finally came to terms with her illness.
The warlords have resisted coming to terms with the central government.
The two parties are expected to come to terms outside the courtroom.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b

Sense Number 9: with respect to, in relation to

Commentary: Idiom: in_terms_of
NOTE: in terms of X -> in X terms 'in terms of housing' -> 'in housing terms'

Ted always thinks in terms of money when planning his vacations.
Teenagers today are a big marketing segment in terms of buying power.
The party has lost momentum in political terms. (with respect to politics)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: in_terms_of

Sense Number 10: according to one's wishes

Commentary: Idiom: on_one's_own_terms

The young entrepreneur is now able to negotiate on his own terms.
Those nations must reach a peace settlement on their own terms, not through outside mediation.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_one's_own_terms