*v. t.**imp. & p.
p.*__Termed__ (?); *p. pr. & vb. n.*__Terming__.] [See __Term__, *n.*__Terminate__.]

Mentermwhat is beyond the limits of the universe "imaginary space."

*n.**terme*, L.
*termen*, *-inis*, *terminus*, a boundary limit, end; akin
to Gr. ?, ?. See __Thrum__ a tuft, and cf. __Terminus__,
__Determine__, __Exterminate__.] **1.**

Corruption is a reciprocal to generation, and they two are as nature's twoterms, or boundaries.

**2.***term* of five years; the *term* of life.

**3.***terms*.

**4.***(Geom.)* *term* of a superficies, and a
superficies is the *term* of a solid.

**5.***(Law)* *(a)**(b)**(c)**Bouvier.*

☞ In England, there were formerly four terms in the year, during
which the superior courts were open: Hilary term, beginning on the 11th and
ending on the 31st of January; Easter term, beginning on the 15th of April,
and ending on the 8th of May; Trinity term, beginning on the 22d day of
May, and ending on the 12th of June; Michaelmas term, beginning on the 2d
and ending on the 25th day of November. The rest of the year was called
*vacation*. But this division has been practically abolished by the
Judicature Acts of 1873, 1875, which provide for the more convenient
arrangement of the terms and vacations.
In the United States, the terms to be observed by the tribunals of
justice are prescribed by the statutes of Congress and of the several
States.

**6.***(Logic)*

The subject and predicate of a proposition are, after Aristotle, together called itstermsor extremes.

☞ The predicate of the conclusion is called the *major* term,
because it is the most general, and the subject of the conclusion is called
the *minor* term, because it is less general. These are called the
*extermes*; and the third term, introduced as a common measure between
them, is called the *mean* or *middle* term. Thus in the
following syllogism, --

Every vegetable is combustible; Every tree is a vegetable; Therefore every tree is combustible, -

*combustible*, the predicate of the conclusion, is the major term;
*tree* is the minor term; *vegetable* is the middle term.

**7.***term*.*Terms* quaint of law." *Chaucer.*

In painting, the greatest beauties can not always be expressed for want ofterms.

**8.***(Arch.)* *terminal figure*. See __Terminus__, *n.*

☞ The pillar part frequently tapers downward, or is narrowest at
the base. *Terms* rudely carved were formerly used for landmarks or
boundaries. *Gwilt.*

**9.***(Alg.)* *a* or *b* in *a + b*; *ab* or *cd* in *ab -
cd*.

**10.***pl.* *(Med.)*

**11.***pl.* *(Law)*

**12.***(Law)*

☞ *Terms legal and conventional* in Scotland correspond to
*quarter days* in England and Ireland. There are two *legal
terms* -- Whitsunday, May 15, and Martinmas, Nov. 11; and two
*conventional terms* -- Candlemas, Feb. 2, and Lammas day, Aug. 1.
*Mozley & W.*

**13.***(Naut.)* *J. Knowels.*

**In term**

I can not speakin term.

-- **Term fee***(Law)* *(a)***Terms
of a proportion***(Math.)*, **To bring to terms****To make terms**

**Syn.** -- Limit; bound; boundary; condition; stipulation; word;
expression. -- __Term__, __Word__. These are more frequently
interchanged than almost any other vocables that occur of the language.
There is, however, a difference between them which is worthy of being kept
in mind. *Word* is generic; it denotes an utterance which represents
or expresses our thoughts and feelings. *Term* originally denoted one
of the two essential members of a proposition in logic, and hence signifies
a word of specific meaning, and applicable to a definite class of objects.
Thus, we may speak of a scientific or a technical *term*, and of
stating things in distinct *terms*. Thus we say, "the *term*
minister literally denotes servant;" "an exact definition of *terms*
is essential to clearness of thought;" "no *term* of reproach can
sufficiently express my indignation;" "every art has its peculiar and
distinctive *terms*," etc. So also we say, "purity of style depends on
the choice of *words*, and precision of style on a clear understanding
of the *terms* used." *Term* is chiefly applied to verbs, nouns,
and adjectives, these being capable of standing as terms in a logical
proposition; while prepositions and conjunctions, which can never be so
employed, are rarely spoken of as *terms*, but simply as
*words*.