- 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.
Origin of terminal
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.
- 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.
- 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.