noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\

: 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

plural ter·mi·ni\-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or ter·mi·nus·es

Full Definition of TERMINUS

:  a final goal :  a finishing point
:  a post or stone marking a boundary
:  either end of a transportation line or travel route; also :  the station, town, or city at such a place :  terminal
:  an extreme point or element :  tip <the terminus of a glacier>

Examples of TERMINUS

  1. Stockholm is the terminus for the southbound train.
  2. Geologists took samples from the terminus of the glacier.
  3. the terminus of the DNA strand

Origin of TERMINUS

Latin, boundary marker, limit — more at term
First Known Use: circa 1617

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

Rhymes with TERMINUS

TERMINUSES Defined for Kids


noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\
plural ter·mi·ni \-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or ter·mi·nus·es

Definition of TERMINUS for Kids

:  an ending point
:  the end of a travel route
:  a station at the end of a travel route
Medical Dictionary


noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\
plural ter·mi·ni \-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ also ter·mi·nus·es

Medical Definition of TERMINUS

:  an end or ending especially of a molecular chain, a chromosome, or a process of a nerve cell


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