termini

terminus

[tur-muh-nuhs]
noun, plural termini [tur-muh-nahy] , terminuses.
1.
the end or extremity of anything.
2.
either end of a railroad line.
3.
British. the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route.
4.
the point toward which anything tends; goal or end.
5.
a boundary or limit.
6.
a boundary post or stone.
7.
(initial capital letter) the ancient Roman god of boundaries and landmarks.
8.
term ( def 10 ).

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

terminal, terminus.
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terminus (ˈtɜːmɪnəs)
 
n , pl -ni, -nuses
1.  the last or final part or point
2.  either end of a railway, bus route, etc, or a station or town at such a point
3.  a goal aimed for
4.  a boundary or boundary marker
5.  architect another name for term
 
[C16: from Latin: end; related to Greek termōn boundary]

Terminus (ˈtɜːmɪnəs)
 
n
the Roman god of boundaries

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terminus
1555, "goal, end, final point," from L. terminus (pl. termini) "end, boundary line," from PIE base *ter-, base of words meaning "peg, post, boundary, marker goal" (cf. Skt. tarati "passes over, crosses over," Hittite tarmaizzi "he limits," Gk. 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.
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