Definitions for Terminalˈtɜr mə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ter•mi•nalˈtɜr mə nl(adj.)

  1. situated at or forming the end or extremity of something:

    a terminal bud.

  2. occurring at or forming the end of a series, succession, or the like; closing; concluding.

  3. pertaining to or lasting for a term or definite period; occurring at fixed terms or in every term:

    terminal payments.

  4. pertaining to, situated at, or forming the terminus of a railroad.

  5. pertaining to or placed at a boundary, as a landmark.

  6. occurring at or causing the end of life:

    a terminal disease.

    Category: Pathology

  7. (n.)a terminal part of a structure.

  8. a point of termination or a major junction within a transportation system. the structures and service facilities located at a terminal.

    Category: Transportation, Railroads

  9. any device for entering information into a computer or receiving information from it, as a keyboard with video display unit.

    Category: Computers

  10. the mechanical device by which an electric connection to an apparatus is established. the point where current enters or leaves any conducting component in an electric circuit.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  11. a carving or the like at the end of something, as a finial.

    Category: Architecture

  12. Category: Architecture

Origin of terminal:

1480–90; late ME < L terminālis <termin(us) end


Princeton's WordNet

  1. terminal, terminus, depot(noun)

    station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

  2. terminal, pole(noun)

    a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

  3. end, terminal(noun)

    either extremity of something that has length

    "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"

  4. terminal(adj)

    electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display

  5. terminal(adj)

    of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route

    "freight pickup is a terminal service"; "terminal charges"

  6. terminal(adj)

    relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time

    "terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"

  7. terminal(adj)

    being or situated at an end

    "the endmost pillar"; "terminal buds on a branch"; "a terminal station"; "the terminal syllable"

  8. concluding, final, last, terminal(adj)

    occurring at or forming an end or termination

    "his concluding words came as a surprise"; "the final chapter"; "the last days of the dinosaurs"; "terminal leave"

  9. terminal(adj)

    causing or ending in or approaching death

    "a terminal patient"; "terminal cancer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. terminal(noun)ˈtɜr mə nl

    a large building where people get on or off airplanes, buses, etc.

    Flights to Singapore depart from terminal 1.

  2. terminal(adjective)ˈtɜr mə nl

    (of an illness) that will cause death

    terminal cancer


  1. terminal(Noun)

    A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.

  2. terminal(Noun)

    A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

  3. terminal(Noun)

    In electronics, the end of a line where signals are either transmitted or received, or a point along the length of a line where the signals are made available to apparatus.

  4. terminal(Noun)

    An electric contact on a battery.

  5. terminal(Noun)

    In telecommunications, the apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device.

  6. terminal(Noun)

    In the context of computer hardware, a device for entering data into a computer or a communications system and/or displaying data received, especially a device equipped with a keyboard and some sort of textual display.

  7. terminal(Noun)

    A computer program that emulates a terminal (6).

  8. terminal(Noun)

    A terminal symbol in a formal grammar.

  9. terminal(Adjective)

    Fatal, resulting in death.

  10. terminal(Adjective)

    Appearing at the end, top or apex of a physical object.

  11. terminal(Adjective)

    Occurring at the end of a word, sentence, or period of time.

  12. Origin: From terminal, from terminalis, from terminus; see term, terminus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terminal(noun)

    of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge

  2. Terminal(noun)

    growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike

  3. Terminal(noun)

    that which terminates or ends; termination; extremity

  4. Terminal(noun)

    either of the ends of the conducting circuit of an electrical apparatus, as an inductorium, dynamo, or electric motor, usually provided with binding screws for the attachment of wires by which a current may be conveyed into or from the machine; a pole


  1. Terminal

    Terminal was an American rock band from Mansfield, Texas.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Terminal

    The end of any open electric circuit, or of any electric apparatus; as the terminals of a circuit, dynamo, or battery.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. terminal

    A facility designed to transfer cargo from one means of conveyance to another. (Conveyance is the piece of equipment used to transport cargo; i.e., railcar to truck or truck to truck. This is as opposed to mode, which is the type of equipment; i.e., ship to rail, rail to truck.) See also facility.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Terminal' in Nouns Frequency: #2098

Anagrams of Terminal

  1. tramline

Translations for Terminal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a building containing the arrival and departure areas for passengers at an airport or one in the centre of a city or town where passengers can buy tickets for air travel etc and can be transported by bus etc to an airport

an air terminal.

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