terminator

noun
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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Of course, there’s a new terminator (Gabriel Luna) and a new damsel in distress (Natalia Reyes), and Halt and Catch Fire star Mackenzie Davis is added to the mix. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 32 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2019," 7 Aug. 2019 Gaze along the terminator — the line that divides the lit from unlit portions — for your best views. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Aug. 4-10," 4 Aug. 2019 This Week In Heat Vision breakdown There is also impressive imagery, namely the damage the villain terminator, played by Gabriel Luna, is able to endure. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "New 'Terminator: Dark Fate' Trailer Packed Full of Action and Blood," 30 Aug. 2019 Gaze along the terminator — the line that divides the lit from unlit portions — for your best views. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Aug. 4-10," 4 Aug. 2019 Gaze along the terminator — the line that divides the lit from unlit portions — for your best views. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: June 23-29," 23 June 2019 The terminator doesn’t perfectly divide the planet into dark and light; Earth’s atmosphere bends sunlight by 37 miles (60 kilometers), which equals half a degree. National Geographic, "What is an equinox, and why does it happen?," 19 Mar. 2019 Gaze along the terminator — the line that divides the lit from unlit portions — for your best views. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: June 23-29," 23 June 2019 Gaze along the terminator — the line that divides the lit from unlit portions — for your best views. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: June 23-29," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of terminator

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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