Definition of Terminus

1. Noun. A place where something ends or is complete.

Exact synonyms: End Point, Endpoint, Termination
Generic synonyms: End, Terminal
Derivative terms: Terminate

2. Noun. The ultimate goal for which something is done.
Exact synonyms: Destination
Generic synonyms: End, Goal
Derivative terms: Destine, Destine, Terminate

3. Noun. (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome.
Exact synonyms: Term, Terminal Figure
Generic synonyms: Statue
Category relationships: Architecture

4. Noun. Either end of a railroad or bus route.
Generic synonyms: End, Terminal

5. Noun. Station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods.

Definition of Terminus

1. n. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit.

Definition of Terminus

1. Noun. The end or final point of something. ¹

2. Noun. The end point of a transportation system, or the town or city in which it is located. ¹

3. Noun. A boundary or border, or a post or stone marking such a boundary. ¹

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Definition of Terminus

1. a terminal [n -NI or -NUSES] - See also: terminal

Medical Definition of Terminus

1. Origin: L. See Term. 1. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit. 2. The Roman divinity who presided over boundaries, whose statue was properly a short pillar terminating in the bust of a man, woman, satyr, or the like, but often merely a post or stone stuck in the ground on a boundary line. 3. Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See Term. 4. Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or the town or city, at that place. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Terminus

termino-terminal anastomosis
terminological inexactitude
terminus (current term)
terminus a quo
terminus ad quem
terminus ante quem
terminus post quem

Literary usage of Terminus

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"No question arises in the present case as to the route adopted for the road that was constructed from its beginning point or eastern terminus to Salem and ..."

2. History of the Northern Pacific Railroad by Eugene Virgil Smalley (1883)
"A Defect in the Northern Pacific Charter—Lake Superior not the Proper Eastern terminus—A Description of the Twin Cities of Minnesota— St. Paul the Older ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Almont, and Port Austin), ami connected by ferry to Sarnia with the Great Western of Canada anJ the Grand Trunk Railways, [i is also the terminus and a ..."

4. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"terminus i IT is time to be old, To take in sail: — 1866. 1 In the last days of the year 1866, when I was returning from a long stay in the Western States, ..."

5. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"terminus* IT is time to be old, To take in sail: — 1866. ... Almost at the time when he wrote ' terminus ' he wrote in his journal: — 1 Within 1 do not find ..."

6. The Union Pacific Railway: A Study in Railway Politics, History, and Economics by John Patterson Davis (1894)
"... and obscurity as the questions of western terminus and time of completion. Where is the eastern terminus ? The Act of 1862 seemed to intend it to be ..."

7. Songs and Satires by Edgar Lee Masters (1916)
"terminus terminus shows the ways and says, "All things must have an end." Oh, bitter thought we hid away When first you were my friend. ..."

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