One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that terminates something.
murderer, killer, executioner, gunman, butcher, slaughterer, liquidator, exterminatorView synonyms
- ‘I have been thinking about the visceral appeal of a terminator, the man of violence and certainty who will end things as they are and bring about a new world that looks as fresh and bright as the world of childhood.’
- ‘By now the entire band of survivors, including some new recruits, are regular gun toting, axe wielding, shoot 'em, chop 'em up zombie terminators.’
- ‘The public is given a fearful impression with images of Frankenstein foods, killer tomatoes, and terminator seeds.’
- ‘In the end, I chose an electronic insect terminator, and I am not unhappy!’
- ‘The would-be tax terminator has chosen as his chief economics adviser a tax perpetuator.’
- ‘Techniques intended to monitor foetal health became terminators of the female foetus.’
- 1.1Biochemistry A sequence of polynucleotides that causes transcription to end and the newly synthesized nucleic acid to be released from the template molecule.
- ‘If transcription through such DNA regions is impeded by means of a transcription terminator or by shutting off the promoter, hyperrecombination is abolished.’
- ‘Nine of the 11 positions between the coding region and the terminator, which is cleaved from the nascent transcript during tRNA maturation, are variable.’
- ‘The upstream rRNA transcription terminator and a hairpin structure downstream of recD, which might work as a transcription terminator, are shown.’
- ‘In wild-type chromosomes, these proteins are confined to the heterochromatic DNA sequences either by terminator sequences or by proximally directed initiators.’
The dividing line between the light and dark part of a planetary body.
- ‘Anyone standing on the surface of the moon would see the sun gradually rise as the terminator passes them and the area goes from dark to light.’
- ‘Looking along the line separating the bright and dark halves (the terminator line), at you can make out a decently prominent crater near the top of the lower quarter.’
- ‘The terminator of the planet was visible at it's edge, and some artificial light brightened the thickening dusk on the night side.’
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