A termbase is a central repository, similar to a database, which allows for the systematic management of approved terms in both source and target languages. Use of a termbase alongside your existing translation environment ensures that you produce more accurate and consistent translations, and helps you become more productive when translating.
A termbase, or term base (a contraction of terminology and database), is a database consisting of concept-oriented terminological entries (or ‘concepts’) and related information, usually in multilingual format. Entries may include any of the following additional information:
- a definition;
- source or context of the term;
- subject area, domain, or industry;
- grammatical information (verb, noun, etc.);
- usage label (figurative, American English, formal, etc.);
- author (‘created by’),
- creation/modification date (‘created/modified at’);
- verification status (‘verified’ or ‘approved’ terms), and
- an ID.
A termbase allows for the systematic management of approved or verified terms and is a powerful tool for promoting consistency in terminology.