Etymology
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terminator (n.)

1770, "line of separation between the bright and dark parts of a moon or planet," from Late Latin terminator "he who sets bounds," agent noun from terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus). Meaning "one who terminates" (something) is attested from 1846.

updated on December 13, 2015

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Definitions of terminator from WordNet

terminator (n.)
someone who exterminates (especially someone whose occupation is the extermination of troublesome rodents and insects);
Synonyms: exterminator / eradicator
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