A term is any value (variable or constant) or expression separated from another term by a + or - sign in an overall expression.
In elementary mathematics, a term is either a single number or variable, or the product of several numbers and/or variables. Mathematics is the body of Knowledge and Academic discipline that studies such concepts as Quantity, Structure, Space and For example, in
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. In Mathematics, the word monomial means two different things in the context of Polynomials The first meaning is a product of powers of Variables In Mathematics, a coefficient is a Constant multiplicative factor of a certain object In Mathematics, a polynomial is an expression constructed from Variables (also known as indeterminates and Constants using the operations In Mathematics, linear combinations are a concept central to Linear algebra and related fields of mathematics Two or more things are distinct if no two of them are the same thing
The word "term" is from the Latin terminus "boundary line, limit", from the Indo-European root ter- "peg, post, boundary". Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. The roots of the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language (PIE are basic Morphemes carrying a Lexical meaning Terminus eventually came to mean "something bounded" rather than its boundary; so term acquired the meaning of a member of a collection of things with clear boundaries. In the above example, 4x is bounded by plus signs. The plus and minus signs ( + and &minus) are Mathematical symbols used to represent the notions of positive and negative as well as the operations
Binomials, trinomials, and series may all have terms.
Where the word term is used for summation, other mathematical constructs have similar terminology.