terminus

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noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\

Definition of terminus

plural

termini

play \-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or

terminuses

  1. 1 :  either end of a transportation line or travel route; also :  the station, town, or city at such a place :  terminal

  2. 2 :  an extreme point or element :  tip the terminus of a glacier

  3. 3 :  a final goal :  a finishing point

  4. 4 :  a post or stone marking a boundary

Examples of terminus in a Sentence

  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

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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

Other Transportation Terms


TERMINUS Defined for English Language Learners

terminus

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noun

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

terminus

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noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\

Definition of terminus for Students

plural

termini

\-ˌnī, -ˌnē\ or

terminuses

  1. 1 :  an ending point

  2. 2 :  the end of a travel route

  3. 3 :  a station at the end of a travel route


Medical Dictionary

terminus

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noun ter·mi·nus \ˈtər-mə-nəs\

Medical Definition of terminus

plural

termini

\-ˌnī, -ˌnē\play play also

terminuses

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



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