Simple Definition of terminus
: the end of a travel route (such as a rail or bus line) or the station at the end of a travel route
: the end of something
Full Definition of terminusplural
terminiplay \-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or
Examples of terminus in a sentence
Stockholm is the terminus for the southbound train.
Geologists took samples from the terminus of the glacier.
the terminus of the DNA strand
Did You Know?
This word comes straight from Latin. In the Roman empire, a terminus was a boundary stone, and all boundary stones had a minor god associated with them, whose name was Terminus. Terminus was a kind of keeper of the peace, since wherever there was a terminus there could be no arguments about where your property ended and your neighbor's property began. So Terminus even had his own festival, the Terminalia, when images of the god were draped with flower garlands. Today the word shows up in all kinds of places, including in the name of numerous hotels worldwide built near a city's railway terminus.
Origin and Etymology of terminus
Latin, boundary marker, limit — more at term
First Known Use: circa 1617
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Definition of terminus for Students
termini\-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or
1 : an ending point
2 : the end of a travel route
3 : a station at the end of a travel route
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