An estate for years is not, as its name might imply, necessarily an estate limited for a certain number of years, but the expression is applied to any estate limited for a certain time, as for a year, for half a year, a quarter, or any greater or less period of a fixed duration.5 An estate for years is frequently called a "term," from the Latin word "terminus," and this word is also used to describe the period of time during which the estate is to continue.6 The tenant's interest is also not infrequently spoken of as a lease, thus "putting, by a sort of metonomy, the instrument by which an estate for years is granted for the estate itself."7 A term may exist not only in lands or objects legally constituting a part thereof, but also in incorporeal things real.8

4. Litt. Sec.Sec. 32-34; 2 Blackst. Comm. 125, and Chitty's note; Challis, Real Prop. (3rd Ed.) 291

5. Litt Sec.Sec. 58, 67; 2 Blackst. Comm. 140; Stoppelkamp v. Man-geot, 42 Cal. 316; Brown's Adm'rs v. Bragg, 22 Ind. 122; Casey v. King, 98 Mass. 503; Shaffer v. Sutton, 5 Bin (Pa.) 228.

6. See Co. Litt. 45b; Rector of Chedington's Case, 1 Coke 153a; Wright v. Cartwright, 1 Burrow, 242; Grizzle v. Pennington, 77 Ky (14 Bush) 115. St. Joseph & St. L.

R. Co. v. St. Louis, I. M. & S. R. Co., 135 Mo. 173, 33 L. R. A. 607, 36 S. W. 602; Young v. Dake, 5 N. Y. 463, 55 Am. Dec. 356; Harding v. Seeley, 148 Pa. St. 20, 23 Atl 1118.

7. Heydrick, J., in Harding v. Seeley, 148 Pa. St. 20, 33 Atl. 1118.

8. See Somerset v. Fogwell, 5 Barn. & C. 875; Bird v. Higginson, 2 Adol. & E. 696, Smith v. Simons 1 Root (Conn.) 318, 1 Am. Dec. 48; Com. v. Weatherhead, 11C Mass. 175; City of New York v.