Definition of terminus
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
Recent Examples of terminus from the Web
The Greens, with just three seats, hold the balance of power in the province -- both the birthplace of Greenpeace and the terminus of the Trans Mountain line from Alberta’s oil sands.
The freeway is finished — kind of Caltrans opened the freeway in phases and cut the ribbon in 1965 on a 1.3-mile segment from the 10 Freeway to the 710’s current terminus on Valley Boulevard in Alhambra.
Terminus was the city’s first name, in the early 19th century, when Atlanta was not so much a bustling Southern capital but merely the end of a rail route that started in Chattanooga.
The British North American provinces, or Canada, were among the most storied termini of the Underground Railroad.
Its southernmost terminus, meanwhile, is a gravel parking lot in Tierra del Fuego National Park, at the southern tip of Argentina.
According to the account provided by Mr. De Iesu, Mr. Amri was standing alone on a piazza in Sesto San Giovanni, next to the northern terminus of a subway line.
But even the route that was built falls short; Line 4’s terminus in Barra da Tijuca is still eight miles away from the Olympic Park and athletes’ village.
The steel ran south and north presumably, springing from some inconceivable source and shooting toward a miraculous terminus.
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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 1term
First Known Use: circa 1617
TERMINUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terminus for English Language Learners
: 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
TERMINUS Defined for Kids
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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