terminus

[ tur-muh-nuh s ]
/ ˈtɜr mə nəs /

noun, plural ter·mi·ni [tur-muh-nahy] /ˈtɜr məˌnaɪ/, ter·mi·nus·es.

Origin of terminus

1545–55; < Latin: boundary, limit, end

Can be confused

terminal terminus

Definition for terminus (2 of 3)

terminus ad quem

[ ter-mi-noo s ahd kwem; English tur-muh-nuh s ad kwem ]
/ ˈtɛr mɪˌnʊs ɑd ˈkwɛm; English ˈtɜr mə nəs æd ˈkwɛm /

noun Latin.

the end to which; aim; goal; final or latest limiting point.

Definition for terminus (3 of 3)

terminus a quo

[ ter-mi-noo s ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh ]
/ ˈtɛr mɪˌnʊs ɑ ˈkwoʊ; English ˈtɜr mə nəs eɪ ˈkwoʊ /

noun Latin.

the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.
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British Dictionary definitions for terminus (1 of 4)

terminus

/ (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 4)

Terminus

/ (ˈtɜːmɪnəs) /

noun

the Roman god of boundaries

British Dictionary definitions for terminus (3 of 4)

terminus ad quem

/ Latin (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs æd ˈkwɛm) /

noun

the aim or terminal point

Word Origin for terminus ad quem

literally: the end to which

British Dictionary definitions for terminus (4 of 4)

terminus a quo

/ Latin (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ) /

noun

the starting point; beginning

Word Origin for terminus a quo

literally: the end from which
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