American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history” ( Gordon A. Craig).
- v. To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities.
- v. To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers.
- v. To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete.
- v. To have as an end or result: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth” ( Alexander Hamilton).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bound; limit; form the extreme outline of; set a boundary or limit to; define.
- To end; put an end to.
- To complete; put the closing or finishing touch to; perfect.
- Synonyms To close, conclude.
- To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; stop short; end.
- To cease; come to an end in time; end.
- Capable of coming to an end; limited; bounded: as, a terminate decimal. A terminate number is an integer, a mixed number, or a vulgar fraction. See interminate.
- v. transitive or intransitive, formal To finish or end.
- v. transitive, euphemistic To kill.
- v. transitive, euphemistic To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.
- adj. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
- adj. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.
- adj. mathematics Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit.
- v. To put an end to; to make to cease.
- v. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect.
- v. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to stop short; to end; to cease.
- v. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.
- v. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
- v. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
- v. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
- v. bring to an end or halt
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