1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
2. (Eccl.) Either of the ends of the conducting circuit of an electrical apparatus, as an inductorium,
dynamo, or electric motor, usually provided with binding screws for the attachment of wires by which a
current may be conveyed into or from the machine; a pole.
(||Ter`mi*na"li*a) n. pl. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) A festival celebrated annually by the Romans on
February 23 in honor of Terminus, the god of boundaries.
(Ter"mi*nant) n. [L. terminans, p. pr. of terminare.] Termination; ending. [R.] Puttenham.
(Ter"mi*nate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Terminated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Terminating.] [L. terminatus,
p. p. of terminare. See Term.]
1. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit; as, to terminate a surface
by a line.
2. To put an end to; to make to cease; as, to terminate an effort, or a controversy.
3. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect.
During this interval of calm and prosperity, he [Michael Angelo] terminated two figures of slaves, destined
for the tomb, in an incomparable style of art.J. S. Harford.
(Ter"mi*nate) v. i.
1. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to stop short; to end; to cease; as, the torrid zone
terminates at the tropics.
2. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.
The wisdom of this world, its designs and efficacy, terminate on zhis side heaven.South.
(Ter`mi*na"tion) n. [L. terminatio a bounding, fixing, determining: cf. F. terminasion, OF.
also termination. See Term.]
1. The act of terminating, or of limiting or setting bounds; the act of ending or concluding; as, a voluntary
termination of hostilities.
2. That which ends or bounds; limit in space or extent; bound; end; as, the termination of a line.
3. End in time or existence; as, the termination of the year, or of life; the termination of happiness.
4. End; conclusion; result. Hallam.
5. Last purpose of design. [R.]
6. A word; a term. [R. & Obs.] Shak.
7. (Gram.) The ending of a word; a final syllable or letter; the part added to a stem in inflection.
(Ter`mi*na"tion*al) a. Of or pertaining to termination; forming a termination.
(Ter"mi*na*tive) a. Tending or serving to terminate; terminating; determining; definitive. Bp.
Rust. Ter"mi*na*tive*ly, adv. Jer. Taylor.
(Ter"mi*na`tor) n. [L., he who limits or sets bounds.]