terminus

noun
ter·​mi·​nus | \ ˈtər-mə-nəs How to pronounce terminus (audio) \
plural termini\ ˈtər-​mə-​ˌnī How to pronounce terminus (audio) , -​ˌnē \ or terminuses

Definition of terminus

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

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Of course, the pipeline years, when Valdez became the terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, had a role in that. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 In 1987, the Safer was redesigned as a floating storage-and-off-loading facility, or F.S.O., becoming the terminus of a pipeline that began at the Marib oil fields and proceeded westward, across mountains and five miles of seafloor. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The site is near Cherry Hill, where BWRR wants to build the line’s terminus. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Consumption is not simply the terminus of the line of production. Mark Mcgurl, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 No The northern terminus of the Towpath Trail is Canal Basin Park along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland’s Flats. John Pana, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 The principal pathway for signaling protein exit is via interaction with a signal peptide sequence located at the amino terminus of the protein. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Instead, start at the upper terminus of Leif Erikson Drive, and follow it about 2.8 miles south to the Ridge Trail. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 The main terminus for local and regional trains is Central Station at Railway Square. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of terminus

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for terminus

Latin, boundary marker, limit — more at term entry 1

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The first known use of terminus was circa 1617

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22 Oct 2021

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“Terminus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminus. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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terminus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of terminus

: 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

noun
ter·​mi·​nus | \ ˈtər-mə-nəs How to pronounce terminus (audio) \
plural termini\ -​ˌnī , -​ˌnē \ or terminuses

Kids Definition of terminus

1 : an ending point
2 : the end of a travel route
3 : a station at the end of a travel route

terminus

noun
ter·​mi·​nus | \ ˈtər-mə-nəs How to pronounce terminus (audio) \
plural termini\ -​ˌnī How to pronounce terminus (audio) , -​ˌnē How to pronounce terminus (audio) \ also terminuses

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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