- 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.
- term(def 10).
Origin of terminus
Related Words for terminiconsummation, desuetude, period, ending, cease, fulfillment, close, cessation, payoff, culmination, retirement, discontinuance, realization, curtain, issue, conclusion, completion, finish, finale, stop
Examples from the Web for termini
Contemporary Examples of termini
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?
October 30, 2012
Historical Examples of termini
They are not strictly speaking ends or termini of action at all.Human Nature and Conduct
Both of these have their termini at Sealdah, an eastern suburb of Calcutta.
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
Small places will also spring up at the mouth of the Wenatchie and the Okinagane, and at the termini of the steamboat landings.A Report on Washington Territory
William Henry Ruffner
These termini, for the practical and the philosophical stages of thought respectively, are self-supporting.Essays in Radical Empiricism
- the Roman god of boundaries
- 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
1550s, "goal, end, final point," from Latin terminus (plural termini) "end, boundary line," from PIE root *ter-, base of words meaning "peg, post, boundary, marker goal" (cf. Sanskrit tarati "passes over, crosses over," Hittite tarmaizzi "he limits," Greek terma "boundary, end, limit"). In ancient Rome, Terminus was the name of the deity who presided over boundaries and landmarks, focus of the important Roman festival of Terminalia (held Feb. 23, the end of the old Roman year). Meaning "either end of a transportation line" is first recorded 1836.