What does terminal mean?

Definitions for terminal
ˈtɜr mə nlter·mi·nal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word terminal.

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"


  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.

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British National Corpus

  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. Helen Hayes:

    There is only one terminal dignity -- love.

  2. Jackson Proskow:

    The entire terminal has come to watch this arrival.

  3. Anita Cameron:

    Doctors often make mistakes on whether someone is terminal or not.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.

  5. Rob Marcolina:

    They call it universal health care— it’s universal unless you have a terminal disease.

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  • terminalCatalan, Valencian
  • terminálCzech
  • terminalDanish
  • Terminal, BahnhofGerman
  • τερματικός σταθμός, τερματικό, έσχατος, ληκτικός, καταληκτική ασθένεια, σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός, τελικός, μοιραία ασθένεια, σταθμόςGreek
  • terminalSpanish
  • terminaalinen, terminaaliemulaattori, terminaali, pääte-emulaattori, pääte, pääteasemaFinnish
  • gare, aérogare, station, terminalFrench
  • ceann-rèileScottish Gaelic
  • בית נתיבותHebrew
  • terminalItalian
  • 端末, 末期, 終着駅, ターミナル, 駅, エアターミナルJapanese
  • 공항터미널, 터미널, 역Korean
  • terminalNorwegian
  • terminal, graniczny, końcowy, śmiertelny, dworzec czołowyPolish
  • terminalPortuguese
  • terminal, stație, garăRomanian
  • станция, смертельный, конечная станция, аэровокзал, вокзал, терминал, конечныйRussian
  • dödlig, terminalSwedish

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