terminology

noun
ter·​mi·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce terminology (audio) \
plural terminologies

Definition of terminology

1 : the technical or special terms used in a business, art, science, or special subject
2 : nomenclature as a field of study

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Other Words from terminology

terminological \ ˌtər-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce terminological (audio) \ adjective
terminologically \ ˌtər-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce terminologically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of terminology in a Sentence

a lexicon covering the terminologies of several scientific fields the terminology favored by sportscasters

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Avalos brings new terminology, new fronts and techniques for most of Oregon’s personnel. oregonlive.com, "Oregon MVP 10: New defensive coordinator Andy Avalos comes in at No. 4," 2 July 2019 That means new plays, new terminology and new relationships. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "New Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor: 'We’ve got really good pieces in place.'," 11 June 2019 All this merits a review of basic terminology and economics of monopolistic issues. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 Correction posted June 19, 2009 The original version used the wrong terminology for lugs in the preceding section. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 The overwhelming bulk of the scientific literature on the ecological and evolutionary purpose of thorniness (or, to use biologists’ preferred terminology, spinescence) has focused on the hypothesis that mammalian herbivores are the main target. Quanta Magazine, "The Thorny Truth About Spine Evolution," 14 June 2017 There are also issues with the terminology surrounding self-driving vehicles that can confuse consumers. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 Another daily newspaper, Okaz, used similar patriotic terminology, predicting up to 20 years in prison for the accused. Huda Alsahi, Washington Post, "Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?," 20 June 2018 That state of affairs put Nvidia in an interesting position in August when the company announced a new wave of graphics cards with even more terminology and lingo attached. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of terminology

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terminology

Medieval Latin terminus term, expression (from Latin, limit) + English -o- + -logy

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terminology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of terminology

: the special words or phrases that are used in a particular field

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