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Monday, October 29, 2007

Definitions for terminus

  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.

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Citations for terminus
We were like tram-cars running on their lines from terminus to terminus, and it was possible to calculate within small limits the number of passengers they would carry. W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919
…tilting away in a rush past cinemas and shops to the hollow where the collieries are, then up again, past a little rural church, under the ash trees, on in a rush to the terminus, the last little ugly place of industry, the cold little town that shivers on the edge of the wild, gloomy country beyond. D.H. Lawrence, "Tickets, Please," England, My England, 1922
Origin of terminus
1545-1555
Terminus comes from the Latin word of the same spelling which meant "boundary, limit, end."