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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TERM

This was my position on the plantation a short time after school was out for the term.

I made no objection, and was duly hired for the term of three years.

Now, she quickened her pace, anxious for the plunge that should set the term to sorrow.

The bread was genuine homemade, a term so often misused in the cities.

It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.

The term "gentleman" has seldom been used in this sense subsequently to the Revolution.

If there had been, there would have been a term for laywomen and for clergywomen.

The method of least squares, was also discovered during his first term.

The term immediate is used in contrast with that of gradual.

The long winter term was over; to-day and tomorrow were to be days of examination.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TERM

administration

nounperiod during which a particular human group is in power
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