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[tur-muh-ney-ter] /ˈtɜr məˌneɪ tər/
a person or thing that terminates.
Astronomy. the dividing line between the illuminated and the unilluminated part of a satellite or planet, especially the moon.
Origin of terminator
1760-70; < Late Latin terminātor, equivalent to terminā(re) to terminate + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for terminator
  • Even my boyfriend's dad wants one for his, he works and he is an ex-terminator and he wants to use it to check for bedbugs.
  • At the poles, a line drawn across the moon that connects the terminator ends runs perpendicular to the horizon.
British Dictionary definitions for terminator


the line dividing the illuminated and dark part of the moon or a planet
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Word Origin and History for terminator

1770, "line of separation between the bright and dark parts of a moon or planet," from Latin terminator, from terminare (see terminus). Meaning "one who terminates (something)" is attested from 1846.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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terminator in Technology

A resistor connected to a signal wire in a bus or network for the purpose of impedance matching to prevent reflections.
For example, a 50 ohm resistor connected across the end of an Ethernet cable. SCSI chains and some LocalTalk wiring schemes also require terminators.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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