terminus

Consider terminus the end of the line. Whether it describes a train station, a goal, or an era — terminus refers to something’s final point.

Ancient Romans worshiped Terminus as the god of boundaries, even performing sacrifices in his honor to bless objects that marked borders. You probably don’t have to go that far if you just want to use the noun terminus. You can use it as a weighty way to indicate something is at the end of the line, such as the last stop on a bus or train route. It most often refers to the end of a transportation route, but it can also be used more generally to mark the end point of other things — such as a marriage or a project.

Primary Meanings of terminus

1.
n
a place where something ends or is complete
2.
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
Full Definitions of terminus
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n a place where something ends or is complete

Synonyms:
end point, endpoint, termination
Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n either end of a railroad or bus route

Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

Synonyms:
depot, terminal
Types:
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air terminal, airport terminal
a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, coach station
a terminal that serves bus passengers
cathode
the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, train depot, train station
terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods
subway station
a terminal where subways load and unload passengers
flag stop, way station, whistle stop
a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
Type of:
station
a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose

n the ultimate goal for which something is done

Synonyms:
destination
Type of:
end, goal
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
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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

Synonyms:
term, terminal figure
Type of:
statue
a sculpture representing a human or animal

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