ter·​mi·​na·​tor | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce terminator (audio) \

Definition of terminator

1 : the dividing line between the illuminated and the unilluminated part of the moon's or a planet's disk
2 : one that terminates

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What matters is that well into the second decade of our forever war, the combat movies that populate our multiplexes and our minds are devoted to a martial narrative of men-as-terminators that should have been strangled at its birth a long time ago. David French, National Review, "The Question that Reveals the Heart of the Culture Wars," 29 Jan. 2018 In addition, this visualization shows the moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator. David Caraccio, sacbee, "You have a good seat on West Coast for viewing super blue blood moon | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Jan. 2018 CinemaBlend took a stab at further explaining this in 2015, with the belief that Jack time traveled to the Titanic in 1912 only after a terminator was sent to kill Rose. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Revisiting the 9 Most Ridiculous Titanic Fan Theories," 13 Dec. 2017 That’s because on the equinoxes, the daylight terminator — the shadow separating day and night across Earth — runs parallel to Earth’s lines of longitude. Justin Grieser, Washington Post, "Say goodbye to summer: Seven maps that explain the autumnal equinox," 22 Sep. 2017 According to Schwarzenegger, filming will start on the new adventures of Sarah and potentially John Connor as well as whatever terminator model Arnold is playing in March 2018. Joanna Robinson, vanityfair.com, "Linda Hamilton Returning to the Terminator Franchise with James Cameron," 20 Sep. 2017 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D' Elmwood Palace, Baton Rouge 16, Mall of Louisiana (Baton Rouge). Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "When Spielberg came to Mobile: Documentary tops this week's movie events," 29 Aug. 2017 A week later, Rearden filed similar lawsuits aimed at Fox (citing Deadpool, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Fantastic Four), and Paramount (citing Terminator: Genisys). Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney, Fox, Paramount Targeted as MOVA Facial Capture Legal Fight Shifts Focus," 11 Aug. 2017 Thomas Dekker, best known for his roles in Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, has come out as gay. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Heroes Alum Thomas Dekker Reveals He's Gay After 'Prominent Gay Man' Tried to Out Him," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of terminator

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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