Ter·mi·nate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Terminated p. pr. & vb. n. Terminating.]
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.
v 1: bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when
she found out that he had once been convicted of a
crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively
peaceful period after WWI" [syn: end] [ant: begin, get
2: have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense;
either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate
in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe
upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the
bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end,
stop, finish, cease] [ant: begin]
3: be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; "This sad
scene ended the movie" [syn: end]
4: terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary
today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn:
fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send
away, sack, force out, give the sack] [ant: hire]