What does terminal mean?

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ˈtɜr mə nlter·mi·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. terminal, terminus, depotnoun

    station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

  2. terminal, polenoun

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

  3. end, terminalnoun

    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. terminaladjective

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

  5. terminaladjective

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

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

  6. terminaladjective

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

    "terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"

  7. terminaladjective

    being or situated at an end

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

  8. concluding, final, last, terminaladjective

    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. terminaladjective

    causing or ending in or approaching death

    "a terminal patient"; "terminal cancer"


  1. terminalnoun

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

  2. terminalnoun

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

  3. terminalnoun

    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. terminalnoun

    An electric contact on a battery.

  5. terminalnoun

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

  6. terminalnoun

    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. terminalnoun

    A computer program that emulates a terminal (6).

  8. terminalnoun

    A terminal symbol in a formal grammar.

  9. terminaladjective

    Fatal, resulting in death.

  10. terminaladjective

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

  11. terminaladjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terminalnoun

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

  2. Terminalnoun

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

  3. Terminalnoun

    that which terminates or ends; termination; extremity

  4. Terminalnoun

    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.

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  1. Terminal

    situated at the tip or extremity; opposed to basal.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of terminal in a Sentence

  1. Mohamed El-Erian:

    I wouldn't be surprised if this notion of the Fed having to be sufficiently confident about inflation creeps in as a way of keeping markets from rushing to the terminal value.

  2. Fabrice Goffin:

    The big advantage of this robot relative to a fixed terminal is that the robot can move, can go towards people, can speak to people and speak in their native tongue. It speaks more than 53 languages.

  3. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz:

    We can do this project but it will not be a transit project, we have proposals on this and perhaps including an LNG terminal, the construction of an integrated energy complex could be on the table.

  4. Michael Pezzullo:

    In some cases we're talking about cancer, we're talking about all sorts of long-run illnesses, regrettably in some cases, for reasons to do with very long-term, and indeed potentially terminal illnesses, some folks, I suspect, will be here for quite a while.

  5. Adam Medros:

    Over 3.1 billion travelers pass through airports each year, with the average traveler spending 150 minutes of airport 'dwell time' between arriving at the terminal to the doors of the plane closing at the gate, we want to help them quickly find things to do on the site while they're waiting to catch a flight, or book an airport hotel when they need a place to stay.

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  • terminalCatalan, Valencian
  • terminálCzech
  • terminalDanish
  • Terminal, BahnhofGerman
  • σταθμός, μοιραία ασθένεια, τελικός, τερματικός σταθμός, τερματικό, σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός, έσχατος, ληκτικός, καταληκτική ασθένειαGreek
  • terminalSpanish
  • pääte, pääte-emulaattori, terminaali, pääteasema, terminaalinen, terminaaliemulaattoriFinnish
  • gare, aérogare, terminal, stationFrench
  • ceann-rèileScottish Gaelic
  • בית נתיבותHebrew
  • terminalItalian
  • ターミナル, 端末, 末期, エアターミナル, 駅, 終着駅Japanese
  • 공항터미널, 터미널, 역Korean
  • terminalNorwegian
  • śmiertelny, dworzec czołowy, końcowy, graniczny, terminalPolish
  • terminalPortuguese
  • stație, gară, terminalRomanian
  • терминал, станция, аэровокзал, конечный, конечная станция, вокзал, смертельныйRussian
  • terminal, dödligSwedish

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