Meaning of TERMINAL in English

/ ˈtɜːmɪnl; NAmE ˈtɜːrm-/ noun , adjective

■ noun


a building or set of buildings at an airport where air passengers arrive and leave :

A second terminal was opened in 1998.


a place, building or set of buildings where journeys by train, bus or boat begin or end :

a railway / bus / ferry terminal


( computing ) a piece of equipment, usually consisting of a keyboard and a screen that joins the user to a central computer system


( technical ) a point at which connections can be made in an electric circuit :

a positive / negative terminal

■ adjective


( of an illness or a disease ) that cannot be cured and will lead to death, often slowly :

He has terminal lung cancer.

The illness is usually terminal.

( figurative )

She's suffering from terminal (= very great) boredom.


( of a person ) suffering from an illness that cannot be cured and will lead to death :

a terminal patient


certain to get worse and come to an end :

The industry is in terminal decline .


[ only before noun ] ( formal or technical ) at the end of sth :

a terminal branch of a tree

terminal examinations (= at the end of a course, etc.)

►  ter·min·al·ly / -nəli; NAmE / adverb :

a hospice for the terminally ill

a terminally dull film



early 19th cent.: from Latin terminalis , from terminus end, boundary.

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