# Term

In elementary mathematics, a **term** is either a single number/variable, or the product of several numbers and/or variables. For example, in

- 3+4x+5yzw

3, 4x, and 5yzw are all terms. This definition does not cover all usages in more advanced mathematics. Often

*term* is used of a

monomial with a

coefficient: to 'collect like terms' in a

polynomial is the basic operation of making it a

linear combination of

**distinct** monomials.

See also: mathematics, meaning, factor, expression, arithmetics

In traditional logic, *term* came to mean a referring expression, but only through the Latin *terminus* (so that terms were 'terminal for analysis'). In type theory, *term* is used for the linguistic constructs.

In language, **term** is a certain kind of word like jargon, slang.