Sometimes we have a concept which can be described with multiple words only. As far as I know, we use the word phrase to describe these multiple words. Can I use the word term if I want to talk about both single- and multi-word definitions?


Yes, you can.

  • term - "a word or group of words having a particular meaning, especially in a specific field"
  • "recirculation" and "slow leak" are engineering terms.
  • "apoptosis", "mitral regurgitation" and "congestive heart failure" are medical terms.
  • "litigation" and "Habeas Corpus" are legal terms.
  • "metalanguage" and "leading question" are linguistic terms.

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