odd term

odd term

[′äd ‚tərm]
(atomic physics)
A term of an atom or molecule for which the sum of the angular-momentum quantum numbers of all the electrons is odd, so that the states have odd parity; designated by a superscript o or u.
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An inquiry will afford us amusement," [I thought this an odd term, so applied, but said nothing] "and, besides, Le Bon once rendered me a service for which I am not ungrateful.
The idea is to get the garden ship shape - an odd term to use for horticulture, I admit, but I can think of nothing more appropriate that doesn't involve double meanings.
Nonetheless, the text is informative and I did come across the odd term I'd not heard before, such as 'yardang' [defined by Wikipedia as 'a wind-abraded ridge found in a desert environment'].
Case studies', the category for the last section, is an odd term when the 'case' is excluded.
Racing" may sound like an odd term to describe a tortoise, but gopher tortoises are faster than you might think.
Pentagon spokespeople called their deaths a tragic case of "friendly fire"--an odd term, since it usually refers to soldiers killing their fellow soldiers by accident.
The data shows, not surprisingly, that ethnic identity retention (an odd term, incidentally: can one retain something one never had?
These are the ones much more likely to fail than those who have the odd term time family holiday.
Green room might sound an odd term but in theatre it has traditionally offered a haven for actors.
But "nationwide" and "everywhere" are odd terms to equate when discussing US police militarization.
This volume of essays underscores the fact that "literary theory" is one of those odd terms whose connotations are narrower than its denotations.