[ tur-muh-ney-ter ]


  1. a person or thing that terminates.
  2. Astronomy. the dividing line between the illuminated and the unilluminated part of a satellite or planet, especially the moon.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of terminator1

1760–70; < Late Latin terminātor, equivalent to terminā ( re ) to terminate + -tor -tor

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Example Sentences

A Terminator or other cyborg wearing this skin would have to bathe often in a broth of nutrients or use some other complex skin care routine.

Putting guns or missiles in the hands of robots raises the sci-fi specter of Terminators attempting to eliminate humankind.

You know, James Cameron: the director of The Terminator, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar, among other obscure movies.

Queen Victoria had the reputation of being a humorless, dour battleaxe, a Terminator in bombazine.

Most of the Schwarzenegger movies currently in development are throwbacks to his glory days: Terminator: Genesis.

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.

Observations to this effect go back as far as 1643, when Fontana at Naples observed this to be the condition of the terminator.

Our light was dimming as we passed the terminator and pulled over Earth's dark side.

The general shape of this line is never a circle but always elliptical, and astronomers call it the terminator.

They are those circular spots near the terminator before spoken of, which look like bubbles of oil floating on water.

They would certainly be indicated on the terminator, and yet not a trace of such markings has been found.





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