Meaning of TERMINAL in English


adj. & n.


1. a (of a disease) ending in death, fatal. b (of a patient) in the last stage of a fatal disease. c (of a morbid condition) forming the last stage of a fatal disease. d colloq. ruinous, disastrous, very great (terminal laziness).

2 of or forming a limit or terminus (terminal station).

3 a Zool. etc. ending a series (terminal joints). b Bot. borne at the end of a stem etc.

4 of or done etc. each term (terminal accounts; terminal examinations).


1. a terminating thing; an extremity.

2 a terminus for trains or long-distance buses.

3 a departure and arrival building for air passengers.

4 a point of connection for closing an electric circuit.

5 an apparatus for transmission of messages between a user and a computer, communications system, etc.

6 (in full terminal figure) TERMINUS 6.

7 an installation where oil is stored at the end of a pipeline or at a port.

8 a patient suffering from a terminal illness.

Phrases and idioms:

terminal velocity a velocity of a falling body such that the resistance of the air etc. prevents further increase of speed under gravity.


terminally adv.

Etymology: L terminalis (as TERMINUS)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.