- a person or thing that terminates.
- Astronomy. the dividing line between the illuminated and the unilluminated part of a satellite or planet, especially the moon.
Origin of terminator
Examples from the Web for terminator
You know, James Cameron: the director of The Terminator, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar, among other obscure movies.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
Queen Victoria had the reputation of being a humorless, dour battleaxe, a Terminator in bombazine.The Cult of Royal Porn
April 26, 2014
Most of the Schwarzenegger movies currently in development are throwbacks to his glory days: Terminator: Genesis.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?
March 30, 2014
The Terminator was the second feature film James Cameron had directed, and was his first hit.
After surprising box office success, The Terminator would go on to spawn three sequels.
The "terminator" is the boundary between the lighted and the dark portion of the disc.To Mars via The Moon
The liberation of the tiny planet and consequent shifting of the terminator was bringing frigidity to Vulcan's Workshop.Vulcan's Workshop
The general shape of this line is never a circle but always elliptical, and astronomers call it the terminator.Astronomy
They would certainly be indicated on the terminator, and yet not a trace of such markings has been found.
If the Moon was as smooth as a billiard ball the terminator would be clear cut.
- the line dividing the illuminated and dark part of the moon or a planet
Word Origin and History for terminator
1770, "line of separation between the bright and dark parts of a moon or planet," from Latin terminator, from terminare (see terminus). Meaning "one who terminates (something)" is attested from 1846.