• WordNet 3.6
    • n terminus station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    • n terminus either end of a railroad or bus route
    • n terminus (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
    • n terminus the ultimate goal for which something is done
    • n terminus a place where something ends or is complete
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Terminus Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or the town or city, at that place.
    • Terminus Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See Term, 8.
    • Terminus Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit.
    • Terminus (Myth) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n terminus A boundary; a limit; a stone, post, or other mark used to indicate the boundary of a property.
    • n terminus [capitalized] In Roman mythology, the god of boundaries; the deity who presided over boundaries or landmarks. He was represented with a human head, but without feet or arms, to intimate that he never moved from whatever place he occupied.
    • n terminus A bust or figure of the upper part of the human body, terminating in a plain block of rectangular form; a half-statue or bust, not placed upon but incorporated with, and as it were immediately springing out of, the square pillar which serves as its pedestal. Termini are employed as pillars, balusters, or detached ornaments for niches, etc. Compare gaine. Also called term and terminal figure.
    • n terminus Termination; limit; goal; end.
    • n terminus The extreme station at either end of a railway, or important section of a railway.
    • n terminus The point to which a vector carries a given or assumed point.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Terminus tėr′mi-nus the end or extreme point: one of the extreme points of a railway, &c.: the ancient Roman god of boundaries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Term


In literature:

We may, therefore, fix upon the ninth century as the terminus for the Dagan cult in Assyria.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Why, for example, hadn't guards been posted at Earth's most important contact point, an interstellar terminus?
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
This little wooden village has sprung into existence during the last three years, owing to its being the present terminus to the railroad.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Round London a fine rain was falling, and the terminus looked bleak and cheerless as the train slowed down the long platform.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The above figures give some indication of the enormous traffic at this great terminus.
"Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Thirty-six years later New Jersey was set apart as a separate royal province, and became a railroad terminus and bathing-place.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
Arriving at the terminus she had a momentary indecision as to her next step.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Nice is the terminus of railways and tramways east and west.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Am glued to the cable terminus waiting, waiting, waiting.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Fredericksburg was now the road's terminus; beyond, the line had been destroyed by a cavalry raid of McClellan's.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston

In poetry:

My terminus near,
The clouds already closing in upon me,
The voyage balk'd—the course disputed, lost,
I yield my ships to Thee.
"Prayer Of Columbus" by Walt Whitman
And all the figures change to words:
confusion, which begins at A,
and hope, which starts at B, move towards
a terminus (you) far away.
"For Schoolchildren" by Joseph Brodsky
"`Instead of driving, as you do,
Six reindeer slow from house to house,
Let's build a Grand Trunk Railway through
From here to earth's last terminus.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Is put to fair devising in the curb
Of ordered limit; and all-changeful Hermes
Is Terminus as well. Yet we perturb
Our souls for latitude, whose strength in bound and term is.
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
They prepare for death—yet are they not the finish, but rather the
They bring none to his or her terminus, or to be content and full;
Whom they take, they take into space, to behold the birth of stars,
to learn one of the meanings,
"The Indications" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Now this cat is found primarily east of the Stanovoy Range near the Amur River's terminus, which is in what country.
A ten-hour flight from Moscow, the city is the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian railroad.
Mount Katahdin in Maine is the northern terminus of the famed Appalachian Trail.
0 Commuters in Mumbai at the historic Victoria Terminus, one of India's busiest rail station.
Hotel Terminus a film by Marcel Ophuls.
Turns out that here in National City they have the only original transcontinental railroad terminus in the United States still standing.
A peculiarity of the at the western terminus is that traffic already in the circle must yield to traffic entering the circle — the exact opposite of the usual rule.
The new terminus of the No.
Outside the March brings Terminus to Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Catherine Walker, Declan Conlon and Olwen Fouere in Abbey Theatre's TERMINUS .
From left, Andrea Irvine, Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh in " Terminus ," the new play by Mark O'Rowe.
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, a then suspected gunman, walks outside the premises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus railway station in Mumbai in this November 26, 2008 file photo.
Once finished, the ambitious Folsom plaza project will represent a modern version of the old railroad terminus from the 1900s.
Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter living in the rubble and remains of Earth after World War Terminus.
Haworth's Atlanta showroom, on the ground floor of the Terminus 200 tower, is shown GMB Architects, also based in Holland, helped to design the space.

In science:

With the C-terminus tail excluded, the electrostatic properties of tubulin are summarized below, following Brown .
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
At neutral pH, the negative charge on the carboxy-terminus causes it to remain extended due to the electrostatic repulsion within the tail.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Remark: If x = a ⊗ b ∈ G1 we notice that δR (x) = x ⊗ s(x) and δL (x) = t(x) ⊗ x where s, t are the source and terminus maps from the graph G.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
It is most likely that the mixed IR phase is also the terminus of flow from the ferromagnetic pure fibonacci chain.
Infinite Randomness Phases and Entanglement Entropy of the Disordered Golden Chain
That is, repK (Q, d) = Yα∈Q1 where t(α) and s(α) denote the terminus and the source of α, respectively, and Ma,b (K ) is the space of all a × b-matrices.
On Lie algebras associated with representation directed algebras