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Dictionary Definition

terminus

Noun

1 a place where something ends or is complete [syn: end point, endpoint, termination]
2 the ultimate goal for which something is done [syn: destination]
3 (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome [syn: terminal figure, term]
4 either end of a railroad or bus route
5 station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods [syn: terminal, depot] [also: termini (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

terminus "boundary", "limit". From the god Terminus who presided over boundaries.

Noun

  1. The end or final point of something.
  2. The end point of a transportation system, or the town or city in which it is located.
  3. A boundary or border, or a post or stone marking such a boundary.

Latin

Noun

terminus (nominative, s)

Extensive Definition

Terminus is a Latin word that literally means boundary stone but can refer to:

See also

terminus in German: Terminus
terminus in French: Terminus
terminus in Luxembourgish: Terminus
terminus in Dutch: Terminus
terminus in Simple English: Terminus
terminus in Swedish: Terminus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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