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terminus

noun

  1. (end point)  a place where something ends or is complete
    Synonyms: end point, end-point, endpoint, termination. Type of: end
  2. (goal)  the ultimate goal for which something is done
    Synonyms: destination. Type of: goal
  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
    Synonyms: term, terminal figure. Topic: architecture. Type of: statue
  4. (either end, railroad)  either end of a railroad or bus route
    Type of: end
  5. (station)  station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    Synonyms: depot, terminal, t. [acronym], term. [abbreviation]. Type of: station. Part of:...

Etymology summary

"goal, end, final point", from Latin terminus (plural termini) "end, boundary...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural] | Terminus | term [sense-specific]

the last or final part or point | either end of a railway, bus route, etc, or a station or town at such a point | a goal aimed for | a boundary or ... (31 of 447 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/terminus

Wikipedia:

Terminus [disambiguation]

a Latin word that literally means boundary stone. It may also be used to describe the end of a road. Terminus may also refer to: Terminus, the original name of Atlanta, Georgia, USA | Terminus (Atlanta), an office complex in Atlanta | Terminus (god), a... (43 of 254 words, 19 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

Syllabification: (ter·mi·nus) | a final point in space or time; an end or extremity | [biochemistry] : the end of a polypeptide or polynucleotide ... (22 of 151 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/terminus

terminus [British] | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

the end of a railway or other transport route, or a station at such a point; a terminal. | an oil or gas terminal. | a final point in space or time; ... (30 of 149 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/terminus

Merriam-Webster:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural] | terminal [synonym, sense-specific] | tip [synonym, sense-specific]

a final goal; a finishing point | a post or stone marking a boundary | either end of a transportation line or travel route ; also, the station, town, ... (27 of 114 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/terminus

Random House Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural] | Terminus [sense-specific] | term [synonym, definition 10, sense-specific]

the end or extremity of anything. | either end of a railroad line. | [British] the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route. | the ... (28 of 74 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/terminus

New World Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

a boundary or limit | a boundary stone or marker | an end; final point; extremity or goal | [British] either end of a transportation line, or a ... (25 of 51 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terminus

American Heritage Dictionary:

terminus | terminuses [plural] | termini [plural]

The final point; the end. | An end point on a transportation line or the town in which it's located. | A boundary or border. | A stone or post marking ... (28 of 41 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terminus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

terminus [countable] | terminuses [plural]

the end of a bus or train line | [British] a bus or train terminal (14 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/terminus

Wiktionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

The end or final point of something. | The end point of a transportation system, or the town or city in which it's located. | A boundary or border, or a post or stone marking such a boundary. (36 of 38 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/terminus

Cambridge Dictionary:

terminus | terminuses [plural]

the last stop or the station at the end of a bus or railway route (15 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/terminus

Encarta Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

a town, city, or location at the end or beginning of a fixed transport route such as a railroad or bus route | a point where something stops or ... (28 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719208​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

terminus

First use: 1550s

Origin: "goal, end, final point", from Latin terminus (plural termini) "end, boundary line", from Proto-Indo-European base *ter-, base of ... (19 of 87 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=terminus

Oxford Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "final point in space or time"): from Latin, "end, limit, boundary"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/terminus

Wiktionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

Origin: Latin terminus ("boundary, limit"). From the god Terminus who presided over boundaries.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/terminus

Collins Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural] | Terminus

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin: end; related to Greek termōn boundary

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/terminus

Merriam-Webster:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

First use: about 1617

Origin: Latin, boundary marker, limit

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/terminus

New World Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

Origin: Latin: see "term"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terminus

term

Origin: Middle English terme from Old French from Latin terminus, a limit, boundary, end from Indo-European *termṇ, a boundary stake from ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/term

American Heritage Dictionary:

terminus | terminuses [plural] | termini [plural]

Origin: Latin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/terminus

Encarta Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin, "end, boundary, limit"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719208​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

terminus | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural] | Terminus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terminus"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/terminus

Macmillan American Dictionary:

terminus [countable] | termini [plural] | terminuses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terminus"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/terminus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

terminus [countable] | terminuses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "terminus"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/terminus

Cambridge Dictionary:

terminus | terminuses [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "terminus"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "terminus"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/terminus

the Free Dictionary:

terminus

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "terminus"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "terminus"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "terminus" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

terminus | terminuses [plural] | termini [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "terminus"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

terminus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terminus"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=termin​13 word=terminus

YourDictionary Audio:

terminus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terminus" by speech synthesizer

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