- 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.
Origin of terminal
Synonyms for terminal
Related Words for terminallethal, fatal, incurable, station, depot, monitor, last, latter, lag, period, killing, ultimate, mortal, utmost, closing, latest, extreme, limiting, extremity, termination
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Contemporary Examples of terminal
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Someone without a terminal illness can go through years and years of terrible suffering.
“Someone with a terminal illness will die soon anyway,” he said.
Perhaps more than anything, what people fear most—aside from the pain of a terminal illness—is the loss of control.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
The American public is more or less evenly split on the question of physician-assisted death in the case of terminal illness.The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of terminal
They contained no provision as to the use of terminal facilities.The Railroad Question
A cell should never be carried using the terminal posts as handles.
Then cover the Vaseline with tape, which Should be run well back from the terminal.
Why did one of the terminal connectors get loose and make a slopper?
We will be in on the eleven-fifteen at the Terminal and have to leave on the 4.30.Miss Pat at School
- 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
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for terminal
mid-15c., "relating to or marking boundaries," from Latin terminalis "pertaining to a boundary or end, final," from terminus "end, boundary line" (see terminus). Meaning "fatal" (terminal illness) is first recorded 1891. Sense of "situated at the extreme end of something" is from 1805. Slang meaning "extreme" first recorded 1983.
"end point of a railway line," 1888, from terminal (adj.); sense of "device for communicating with a computer" is first recorded 1954.