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English Dictionary: terminus by the DICT Development Group
3 results for terminus
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a place where something ends or is complete [syn: {end point}, endpoint, termination, terminus]
  2. the ultimate goal for which something is done
    Synonym(s): destination, terminus
  3. (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
    Synonym(s): terminus, terminal figure, term
  4. either end of a railroad or bus route
  5. station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    Synonym(s): terminal, terminus, depot
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Terminal \Ter"mi*nal\, n. (Railroads)
      (a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches,
            stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto.
      (b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying
            too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings.
      (c) A rate charged on all freight, independent of the
            distance, and supposed to cover the expenses of station
            service, as distinct from {mileage rate}, generally
            proportionate to the distance and intended to cover
            movement expenses; a terminal charge.
      (d) A town lying at the end of a railroad; -- more properly
            called a {terminus}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Terminus \Ter"mi*nus\, n.; pl. {Termini}. [L. See {Term}.]
      1. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit.
      2. (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
      3. Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See
            {Term}, 8.
      4. Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or
            the town or city, at that place.
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