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 ad quem

[ter-mi-noos ahd kwem; English tur-muh-nuhs ad kwem]
Latin.
the end to which; aim; goal; final or latest limiting point.

terminus a quo

[ter-mi-noos ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuhs ey kwoh]
Latin.
the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.
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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

terminus ad quem (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs æd ˈkwɛm)
 
n
the aim or terminal point
 
[literally: the end to which]

terminus a quo (ˈtɜːmɪˌnʊs ɑː ˈkwəʊ)
 
n
the starting point; beginning
 
[literally: the end from which]

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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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Example sentences for terminus
The old terminus by the bridge approach remained in use for football and other specials.
The terminus was on a private track to the north side of the gate.
A major railroad terminated in casa grande, which was originally named terminus.
The airport is the second busiest cargo terminus in the country.
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