Sentence vs Term - What's the difference?

sentence | term |

As nouns the difference between sentence and term

is that sentence is (obsolete) sense; meaning; significance while term is term.

As a verb sentence

is to declare a sentence on a convicted person; to doom; to condemn to punishment.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(en noun)
  • (obsolete) Sense; meaning; significance.
  • * Milton
  • The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of sentence .
  • (obsolete) One's opinion; manner of thinking.
  • * Milton
  • My sentence is for open war.
  • * Atterbury
  • By them [Luther's works] we may pass sentence upon his doctrines.
  • (dated) The decision or judgement of a jury or court; a verdict.
  • The court returned a sentence of guilt in the first charge, but innocence in the second.
  • The judicial order for a punishment to be imposed on a person convicted of a crime.
  • The judge declared a sentence of death by hanging for the infamous cattle rustler.
  • * 1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Chapter I,
  • The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence .
  • A punishment imposed on a person convicted of a crime.
  • (obsolete) A saying, especially form a great person; a maxim, an apophthegm.
  • *, I.40:
  • *:Men (saith an ancient Greek sentence ) are tormented by the opinions they have of things, and not by things themselves.
  • (Broome)
  • (grammar) A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.
  • The children were made to construct sentences consisting of nouns and verbs from the list on the chalkboard.
  • (logic) A formula with no free variables.
  • (computing theory) Any of the set of strings that can be generated by a given formal grammar.
  • Synonyms

    * verdict * conviction


    * (logic) formula


  • To declare a sentence on a convicted person; to doom; to condemn to punishment.
  • The judge sentenced the embezzler to ten years in prison, along with a hefty fine.
  • * Dryden
  • Nature herself is sentenced in your doom.
  • * 1900', , Chapter I,
  • The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence.
  • (obsolete) To decree or announce as a sentence.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To utter sententiously.
  • (Feltham)



    (wikipedia term)


    (en noun)
  • Limitation, restriction or regulation. (rfex)
  • Any of the binding conditions or promises in a legal contract.
  • That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Corruption is a reciprocal to generation, and they two are as nature's two terms , or boundaries.
  • (geometry) A point, line, or superficies that limits.
  • A line is the term''' of a superficies, and a superficies is the '''term of a solid.
  • A word or phrase, especially one from a specialised area of knowledge.
  • "Algorithm" is a term used in computer science.
  • Relations among people.
  • * , chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part.
  • Part of a year, especially one of the three parts of an academic year.
  • (mathematics) Any value (variable or constant) or expression separated from another term by a space or an appropriate character, in an overall expression or┬átable.
  • (logic) The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.
  • * Sir W. Hamilton
  • The subject and predicate of a proposition are, after Aristotle, together called its terms or extremes.
  • (architecture) A quadrangular pillar, adorned on top with the figure of a head, as of a man, woman, or satyr.
  • Duration of a set length; period in office of fixed length.
  • (computing) A terminal emulator, a program that emulates a video terminal.
  • (of a patent) The maximum period during which the patent can be maintained into force.
  • (astrology) An essential dignity in which unequal segments of every astrological sign have internal rulerships which affect the power and integrity of each planet in a natal chart.
  • (archaic) A menstrual period.
  • * 1660 , (Samuel Pepys), Diary
  • My wife, after the absence of her terms for seven weeks, gave me hopes of her being with child, but on the last day of the year she hath them again.
  • (nautical) A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.
  • Derived terms

    {{der3, at term , blanket term , collective term , come to terms , long-term , midterm , short-term , term limit , term logic , term of art , terms and conditions , umbrella term}}

    See also

    * idiom * lexeme * listeme * word


    (en verb)
  • To phrase a certain way, especially with an unusual wording.
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  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, essentially what today we might term a frameless magnifying glass or plain glass paperweight.}}