American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of two divisions of 15 to 18 weeks each of an academic year.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A period or term of six months; specifically, one of the half-year courses in German and many other Continental universities, and hence in some colleges in the United States: as, the summer and winter semesters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A period of six months; especially, a term in a college or university which divides the year into two terms.
- n. half a year; a period of 6 months
- n. one of two divisions of an academic year
- From German Semester, from New Latin sēmestris (from sex ("six") + mēnsis ("month"). (Wiktionary)
- German, from Latin (cursus) sēmēstris, (cursus) sēmēnstris, (course) of six months : sē-, six (from sex) + mēnsis, month. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have a lot of work instead of an impossible amount of work now, and on the upside my class this semester is awesome.”
“Usually my freak/stress out time in the semester is at the * end*, not the beginning.”
“Your arguments against spending 30 Grand so others as poorly informed as you can critique you are why I chose a brief-residency MFA program, where 10 days a semester we get together with other students and workshop, but the bulk of the semester is at home, getting feedback from an experienced mentor who is devoting attention to just your work.”
“Instead I side with their parents, who must be stricken at the thought that not only will the kids be kicked out of school and thrown in the slammer but the tuition for first semester is probably not refundable.”
“Only 62 day left for the semester to get over, maybe less if our semester is shortened because of the elections.”
“And as the college semester is in full swing, campus counselors hear the term in the context of alcohol education and eating disorders.”
“The semester is over, or about over, in colleges and universities across the United States, and in the majority of those universities another set of rituals will be acted out.”
“Speaking of struggling with school, this semester is officially OVER!!!!!!!!!!”
“We're not getting paid for 5 weeks now, the future of this semester is unclear but we look into the future hoping for a secure and rewarding workplace.”
“Instead, I had to scramble to find a subject that not only sounded interesting, but was offered in semester one, and relevant to my degree, and ended up with Archaeology for Noobs.”
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