[ tur-muh-nl ]
/ ˈtɜr mə nl /
situated at or forming the end or extremity of something: a terminal feature of a vista.
occurring at or forming the end of a series, succession, or the like; closing; concluding.
pertaining to or lasting for a term or definite period; occurring at fixed terms or in every term: terminal payments.
pertaining to, situated at, or forming the terminus of a railroad.
Botany. growing at the end of a branch or stem, as a bud or inflorescence.
Architecture. noting a figure, as a herm or term, in the form of a bust upon a gaine.
pertaining to or placed at a boundary, as a landmark.
occurring at or causing the end of life: a terminal disease.
Informal. utterly beyond hope, rescue, or saving: The undercapitalized project is a terminal problem.
a terminal part of a structure; end or extremity.
Railroads. a major assemblage of station, yard, maintenance, and repair facilities, as at a terminus, at which trains originate or terminate, or at which they are distributed or combined.
Computers. any device for entering information into a computer or receiving information from it, as a keyboard with video display unit, either adjoining the computer or at some distance from it.
a station on the line of a public carrier, as in a city center or at an airport, where passengers embark or disembark and where freight is received or discharged.
- the mechanical device by means of which an electric connection to an apparatus is established.
- the point of current entry to, or point of current departure from, any conducting component in an electric circuit.
- a herm or term.
- a carving or the like at the end of something, as a finial.
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Origin of terminal
1480–90; late Middle English < Latin terminālis, equivalent to termin(us) end, limit + -ālis -al1
ter·mi·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·ter·mi·nal, adjectivenon·ter·mi·nal, adjectivenon·ter·mi·nal·ly, adverb
pre·ter·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ter·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ter·mi·nal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedterminal terminus
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British Dictionary definitions for non-terminal
/ (ˈtɜːmɪnəl) /
of, being, or situated at an end, terminus, or boundarya terminal station; terminal buds
of, relating to, or occurring after or in a termterminal leave
(of a disease) terminating in deathterminal cancer
informal extremeterminal boredom
of or relating to the storage or delivery of freight at a warehousea terminal service
a terminating point, part, or place
- a point at which current enters or leaves an electrical device, such as a battery or a circuit
- a conductor by which current enters or leaves at such a point
computing a device having input/output links with a computer but situated at a distance from the computer
- an ornamental carving at the end of a structure
- another name for term (def. 10)
- a point or station usually at the end of the line of a railway, serving as an important access point for passengers or freight
- a less common name for terminus
a purpose-built reception and departure structure at the terminus of a bus, sea, or air transport route
a site where raw material is unloaded, stored, in some cases reprocessed, and reloaded for further transportation, esp an onshore installation designed to receive offshore oil or gas from tankers or a pipeline
- the smallest arteriole before its division into capillaries
- either of two veins that collect blood from the thalamus and surrounding structures and empty it into the internal cerebral vein
- the portion of a bronchiole just before it subdivides into the air sacs of the lungs
Derived Formsterminally, adverb
Word Origin for terminal
C15: from Latin terminālis, from terminus end
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Medicine definitions for non-terminal
[ tûr′mə-nəl ]
Of, relating to, situated at, or forming a limit, a boundary, an extremity, or an end.
Of, relating to, occurring at, or being the end of a section or series; final.
Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal.
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Science definitions for non-terminal
[ tûr′mə-nəl ]
A position in a circuit or device at which a connection can be made or broken. See Note at battery.
Computer Science A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, by which one can read, enter, or manipulate information in a computer system.
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