Dictionary: TERM'IN-US – TER-REEN'

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TERM'IN-US, n.1 [plur. Termini. L.]

A boundary; a column. Among the Romans, the deity that presided over boundaries.


A boundary; a column; the beginning or the end, as the terminus of a rail-road, or chain of lakes.


The white ant, Termes.


Unlimited; boundless; as, termless joys. – Ralegh.


Occurring every term; as, a termly fee. – Bacon.

TERM'LY, adv.

Term by term; every term; as a fee termly given. – Bacon.

TER-MO-NOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. τερμων, a term, and λογος.]

This is a more correct word than Terminology, and is preferred by the best authors.

TERN, a. [L. ternus.]

Threefold; consisting of three. Tern leaves, in threes, or three by three; expressing the number of leaves in each whorl or set. Tern peduncles, three growing together from the same axil. Tern flowers, growing three and three together. Martyn.

TERN, n. [L. sterna.]

A common name of certain aquatic fowls of the genus Sterna; as the great tern or sea-swallow, (S. hirundo,) the black tern, the lesser tern, or hooded tern, and the foolish tern, or noddy, (S. stolida.) The brown tern, or brown gull, (S. obscura,) is considered as the young of the pewit gull or sea-crow, before molting. – Ed. Encyc.

TERN'A-RY, a. [L. ternarius, of three.]

Proceeding by threes; consisting of three. The ternary number, in antiquity, was esteemed a symbol of perfection and held in great veneration. Cyc.

TERN'A-RY, or TERN'ION, n. [L. ternarius, ternio.]

The number three. Holder.

TERN'ATE, a. [L. ternus, terni.]

In botany, a ternate leaf, is one that has three leaflets on a petiole, as in trefoil, strawberry, bramble, &c. There are leaves also biternate and triternate, having three ternate or three biternate leaflets. Martyn. These leaves must not be confounded with folia terna, which are leaves that grow three together in a whorl, on a stem or branch. These are however more correctly called verticillate-ternate. Ternate bat, a species of bat of a large kind, found in the isle Ternate, and other East India isles. [See Vampyre.] Terra Japonica, catechu, so called. Terra Lemnia, a species of red bolar earth. Terra ponderosa, baryte; heavy spar. Terra Sienna, a brown bole or ocher from Sienna in Italy.


Relating to Terpsichore, the muse who presided over dancing.

TER'RACE, n. [Fr. terrasse; It. terrazzo; Sp. terrado; from L. terra, the earth.]

  1. In gardening, a raised bank of earth with sloping side, laid with turf, and graveled on the top for a walk. Cyc.
  2. A balcony or open gallery. Johnson.
  3. The flat roof of a house. All the buildings of the Oriental nations are covered with terraces, where people walk or sleep.

TER'RACE, v.t.

  1. To form into a terrace.
  2. To open to the air and light.


Formed into a terrace; having a terrace. Thomson.


Forming into a terrace; opening to the air.


Denoting tillage of the earth.

TER-RA-CUL'TURE, n. [L. terra and cultura.]

Cultivation of the earth.


Formerly, a satirical actor in the university of Oxford, not unlike the prevaricator at Cambridge. Guardian.


A name given to a species of tide-water tortoise.

TER-RA'QUE-OUS, a. [L. terra, earth, and aqua, water; W. tir, Sans. dara, earth.]

Consisting of land and water, as the globe or earth. This epithet is given to the earth in regard to the surface, of which more than three fifths consist of water, and the remainder of earth or solid materials.


A register of lands. [Not in use.] Cowel.

TERRE-BLUE', n. [Fr. terre, earth, and blue.]

A kind of earth. Woodward.

TER-REEN', n. [Fr. terrine, from L. terra, earth.]

An earthen or porcelain vessel for table furniture, used often for containing soup. A similar vessel of metal.