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smart terminal - Computer Definition
A display terminal that provides keyboard input and screen output and no data processing capability. Smart terminals flourished in the days of minicomputers and mainframes. Smart terminals supported more screen functions than the "dumb terminal," such as the ability to reverse the video (black on white) and display underlines. They also handled the more complex protocols of the mainframe and some minicomputers. See dumb terminal, 3270 and VT100. Smart Terminals and Thin Clients Today's version of the smart terminal is the "thin client," which may be similar to a smart terminal with limited processing capability, or it may be a full-blown PC running thin client software. See thin client.