Meaning of TERMINAL in English


I. ter ‧ mi ‧ nal 1 AC /ˈtɜːmən ə l, ˈtɜːmɪn ə l $ ˈtɜːr-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: terminalis , from terminus ; ⇨ ↑ term 1 ]

1 . a terminal illness cannot be cured, and causes death ⇨ fatal :

terminal cancer

2 . (in) terminal decline British English in a state of becoming worse and worse and never getting better:

The once great industry is now in terminal decline.

—terminally adverb :

terminally ill patients

II. terminal 2 AC BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . a big building where people wait to get onto planes, buses, or ships, or where goods are loaded:

the airport’s passenger terminal

ferry/bus terminal

2 . a piece of computer equipment consisting of at least a ↑ keyboard and a screen, that you use for putting in or taking out information from a large computer

3 . one of the points at which you can connect wires in an electrical ↑ circuit

positive/negative terminal

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▪ terminal a big building where people wait to get onto planes:

The airline uses terminal 4.


Smoking is prohibited inside the terminal building.

▪ runway a long hard surface on which aircraft land and take off:

The plane was taxiing along the runway.

▪ the tarmac an area covered with tarmac outside airport buildings:

He stepped off the plane onto the tarmac.

▪ check-in (desk) a place where you report your arrival at an airport

▪ departure lounge the place where you wait until your plane is ready to leave

▪ departure gate the place you go through to get on your plane:

Will passengers for flight BA670 please go to the departure gate.

▪ baggage reclaim ( also baggage claim ) American English the place where you collect your cases and bags after a flight

▪ immigration the place where officials check the documents of everyone entering the country:

Be prepared for long queues at immigration.

▪ customs the place where your bags are checked for illegal goods when you enter a country:

We had our bags checked at customs.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.