[ tur-muh-nuhs ]
/ ˈtɜr mə nəs /
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noun, plural ter·mi·ni [tur-muh-nahy], /ˈtɜr məˌnaɪ/, ter·mi·nus·es.
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 point toward which anything tends; goal or end.
a boundary or limit.
a boundary post or stone.
(initial capital letter) the ancient Roman god of boundaries and landmarks.
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Origin of terminus
1545–55; <Latin: boundary, limit, end
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH terminusterminal, terminus
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How to use terminus in a sentence
New Jersey Transit has also been affected, with major stations and termini along the coast flooded and unusable.How Long Until New York Gets Back Up and Running?|Megan McArdle|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
All telegrams have had to be sent by 'phone as far as the railway termini, and they have simply saved the situation.The Sinn Fein rebellion As I Saw It.|Mrs. Hamilton Norway
There are five passing places, in addition to the sidings at the termini and at the carriage depot.
With the detectives on duty at the London termini reinforced and on strict watch, her chances of doing so were very slim.The Grell Mystery|Frank Froest
The claims of the Pacific Railroad have usually been urged upon the ground of its benefit to its termini.
They are not strictly speaking ends or termini of action at all.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for terminus (1 of 2)
/ (ˈtɜːmɪnəs) /
noun plural -ni (-naɪ) or -nuses
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 boundary marker
architect another name for term (def. 10)
Word Origin for terminus
C16: from Latin: end; related to Greek termōn boundary
British Dictionary definitions for terminus (2 of 2)
/ (ˈtɜːmɪnəs) /
the Roman god of boundaries
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