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.
- ter·mi·nal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·ter·mi·nal, adjective
- non·ter·mi·nal, adjective
- pre·ter·mi·nal, adjective
- sub·ter·mi·nal, adjective
- terminal , terminus
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How to use terminal in a sentence
A few months later, the company signed a deal with Shell, the Dutch energy giant, to jointly develop the terminal at an estimated cost of about $11 billion.
Its plans to build an LNG-export terminal in Louisiana took a blow at the end of March 2020, when Shell, its 50-50 partner in the project, decided to pull out, citing adverse market conditions.
Coronavirus infections were linked to a beluga whale that experienced lung disease and terminal liver failure, and Pacific harbor seals that died from pneumonia in 2000.Everything we know—and don’t know—about human-to-animal COVID transmission | jakemeth | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
This week, the company and several big name partners, including UPS and Penske, announced plans for an autonomous freight network of self-driving trucks, digitally mapped routes, terminals, and a central operations system to monitor the lot.TuSimple’s Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast | Jason Dorrier | July 5, 2020 | Singularity Hub
With the rise of flies as proven test subjects, when Rogulja became curious about terminal sleep deprivation, it again seemed like a plausible thing to study.
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.
I told them the story about how Delta helped her propose to me in the middle of the international terminal here at Delta.How A Company’s Support of Gay Employees Helped One of Them To Come Out | | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Someone without a terminal illness can go through years and years of terrible suffering.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life | Elizabeth Picciuto | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Someone with a terminal illness will die soon anyway,” he said.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life | Elizabeth Picciuto | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most of the 38 alleged victims were gravely ill or suffered terminal conditions.Nurse Nasty Suspected of Killing 38 People in Italy | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He presented the railway case with great ability, and his views were accepted on the important terminal question.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The terminal C is held to the metal covering of the fixture, while the end D is held to one of the wires.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The carbon plates should be connected together and then connected to a binding post which forms the positive terminal of the cell.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The single railroad passing through Fredericksburg had no coast terminal.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
A terminal moraine, a mile and a half in depth, separates it from the sea.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska | Charles Warren Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for terminal
of, being, or situated at an end, terminus, or boundary: a terminal station; terminal buds
of, relating to, or occurring after or in a term: terminal leave
(of a disease) terminating in death: terminal cancer
informal extreme: terminal boredom
of or relating to the storage or delivery of freight at a warehouse: a 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
- terminally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for terminal
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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