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terminus (n.)

1550s, "goal, end, final point," from Latin terminus (plural termini) "an end, a limit, boundary line," from PIE *ter-men- "peg, post," from root *ter-, base of words meaning "peg, post; boundary, marker, goal" (source also of Sanskrit tarati "passes over, crosses over," tarantah "sea;" Hittite tarma- "peg, nail," tarmaizzi "he limits;" Greek terma "boundary, end-point, limit," termon "border;" Gothic þairh, Old English þurh "through;" Old English þyrel "hole;" Old Norse þrömr "edge, chip, splinter"). "The Hittite noun and the usage in Latin suggest that the PIE word denoted a concrete object which came to refer to a boundary-stone." [de Vaan]

In ancient Rome, Terminus was the name of the deity who presided over boundaries and landmarks, focus of the important Roman festival of Terminalia (held Feb. 23, the end of the old Roman year). The meaning "either end of a transportation line" is first recorded 1836.

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Definitions of terminus from WordNet

terminus (n.)
a place where something ends or is complete;
Synonyms: end point / endpoint / termination
terminus (n.)
the ultimate goal for which something is done;
Synonyms: destination
terminus (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: terminal figure / term
terminus (n.)
either end of a railroad or bus route;
terminus (n.)
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods;
Synonyms: terminal / depot
From wordnet.princeton.edu