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The word terminator is from Latin and means roughly the finisher.

1) In astronomy, the terminator is the line between the day side and the night side of a planetary body. Examination of the terminator can yield information about the surface of the body; for example, a fuzzy terminator indicates the presence of an atmosphere.

2) In genetics, a terminator marks the end of a gene on the DNA for transcription.

3) The Terminator is an American motion picture involving a cyborg that has been sent back through time to "terminate" or kill a woman whose life will have importance in the future.

4) In electronics, a device at the end of a transmission line or bus, designed to match impedance and hence minimize reflections of the signal.

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