terminator
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtəː.mɪ.neɪ.tə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtɝ.mɪ.neɪ.dɚ/
Noun

terminator (plural terminators)

  1. Someone who terminates or ends something, especially (in later use) an assassin or exterminator. [from 17th c.]
  2. (astronomy) The line between the day side and the night side of a moon, planet or other celestial body. [from 17th c.]
    • 2015, David Wootton, The Invention of Science, Penguin 2016, p. 218:
      Harriot, looking at the moon, saw the irregular terminator, the highlights and shadows, the mountain ranges and valleys that Galileo had described – and he also convinced himself that he saw Galileo's imaginary crater.
  3. (biochemistry) A DNA sequence which causes RNA transcription to cease and an mRNA transcript to break off. [from 20th c.]
  4. (electronics) An electrical device that absorbs reflection at the end of a transmission line.
  5. (science fiction) An intelligent android created to destroy humans (after the 1984 film The Terminator).
Synonyms
  • (astronomy) grey line, separatrix (the general term for such lines)
Translations
  • Portuguese: terminador
  • Russian: терминатор
Translations
  • Portuguese: terminador
  • Russian: терминатор
Translations Translations
  • French: terminateur
  • German: Nachtlinie
  • Portuguese: terminador
  • Russian: терминатор
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