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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The final point; the end.
  • n. An end point on a transportation line or the town in which it is located.
  • n. A boundary or border.
  • n. A stone or post marking a border.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The end or final point of something.
  • n. The end point of a transportation system, or the town or city in which it is located.
  • n. A boundary or border, or a post or stone marking such a boundary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit.
  • n. 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 line.
  • n. Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See Term, 8.
  • n. Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or the town or city, at that place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boundary; a limit; a stone, post, or other mark used to indicate the boundary of a property.
  • n. [capitalized] In Roman mythology, the god of boundaries; the deity who presided over boundaries or landmarks.
  • n. A bust or figure of the upper part of the human body, terminating in a plain block of rectangular form; a half-statue or bust, not placed upon but incorporated with, and as it were immediately springing out of, the square pillar which serves as its pedestal.
  • n. Termination; limit; goal; end.
  • n. The extreme station at either end of a railway, or important section of a railway.
  • n. The point to which a vector carries a given or assumed point.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ultimate goal for which something is done
  • n. station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
  • n. (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
  • n. either end of a railroad or bus route
  • n. a place where something ends or is complete

Etymologies

Latin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin terminus ("boundary, limit"). From the god Terminus who presided over boundaries. (Wiktionary)

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