Meaning of TERMINAL in English

I. ˈtərm-nəl, ˈtər-mə-n ə l adjective

Etymology: Latin terminalis, from terminus

Date: 1744


a. : of or relating to an end, extremity, boundary, or terminus

a terminal pillar

b. : growing at the end of a branch or stem

a terminal bud


a. : of, relating to, or occurring in a term or each term

terminal payments


(1) : leading ultimately to death : fatal

terminal cancer

(2) : approaching or close to death : being in the final stages of a fatal disease

a terminal patient

(3) : of or relating to patients with a terminal illness

terminal care

c. : extremely or hopelessly severe

terminal boredom


a. : occurring at or constituting the end of a period or series : concluding

the terminal moments of life

b. : not intended as preparation for further academic work

a terminal curriculum

Synonyms: see last

• ter·mi·nal·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1838

1. : a part that forms the end : extremity , termination

2. : a terminating usually ornamental detail : finial

3. : a device attached to the end of a wire or cable or to an electrical apparatus for convenience in making connections


a. : either end of a carrier line having facilities for the handling of freight and passengers

b. : a freight or passenger station that is central to a considerable area or serves as a junction at any point with other lines

c. : a town or city at the end of a carrier line : terminus

5. : a combination of a keyboard and output device (as a video display unit) by which data can be entered into or output from a computer or electronic communications system

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