terminal

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adjective

noun


Origin of terminal

1480–90; late Middle English < Latin terminālis, equivalent to termin(us) end, limit + -ālis -al1
Related formster·mi·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·ter·mi·nal, adjectivenon·ter·mi·nal, adjectivenon·ter·mi·nal·ly, adverbpre·ter·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ter·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ter·mi·nal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedterminal terminus

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terminal

adjective

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

noun

a terminating point, part, or place
  1. a point at which current enters or leaves an electrical device, such as a battery or a circuit
  2. 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
architect
  1. an ornamental carving at the end of a structure
  2. another name for term (def. 10)
  1. a point or station usually at the end of the line of a railway, serving as an important access point for passengers or freight
  2. 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
physiol
  1. the smallest arteriole before its division into capillaries
  2. either of two veins that collect blood from the thalamus and surrounding structures and empty it into the internal cerebral vein
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for terminally

terminal

adj.

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.

terminal

n.

"end point of a railway line," 1888, from terminal (adj.); sense of "device for communicating with a computer" is first recorded 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

terminally in Medicine

terminal

[tûrmə-nəl]

adj.

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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terminally in Science

terminal

[tûrmə-nəl]

Electricity
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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