- The definition of terminal refers to the end of something, or something that is likely to end in death.
- The date on which a government aid program will end is an example of a terminal date.
- Cancer that is going to result in a person dying in a month is an example of a terminal disease.
- Terminal is defined as a transportation hub or destination, or a device for communicating with a computer, or a connective point in an electric circuit.
- The area where all the trains leave from is an example of a railway terminal.
- The keyboard and screen where you search for books in the library is an example of a computer terminal.
- The point where two electric circuits are joined is an example of a terminal.
- of, at, or forming the end, extremity, or terminus of something: terminal feathers
- occurring at the end of a series; concluding; closing; final: a terminal payment
- designating, of, or having a fatal disease in its final stages: terminal cancer, to be diagnosed as terminal
- Informal extreme or excessive: terminal cuteness
- having to do with a term or established period of time; occurring regularly in each term
- of, at, or forming the end of a transportation line
- Bot. growing at the end of a stem or branch: a terminal bud
Origin of terminalClassical Latin terminalis
- a terminating part; end; extremity; limit
- a connective device or point in or attached to an electric circuit or conductor
- either end of a transportation line, as for an airplane, bus, or railroad, including servicing facilities, etc.
- a station or city located there
- a station at any important point or junction of a transportation line
- Archit. an ornamental carving at the end of a structural element
- Comput. a device, usually with a typewriter keyboard and a video screen, for putting information into, or getting it from, a computer, as over communication lines
- Of, at, relating to, or forming a limit, boundary, extremity, or end: the terminal moraine of a glacier.
- Botany Growing or appearing at the end of a stem, branch, stalk, or similar part.
- Of, at, relating to, or being the end of a section or series; final. See Synonyms at last1.
- Of or relating to a transportation terminal: stopped at the terminal bar for a drink.
- Relating to or occurring in a term or each term: terminal inventories.
- Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal: terminal cancer; a terminal patient.
- Informal Extreme: terminal boredom.
- A point or part that forms the end.
- An ornamental figure or object placed at the end of a larger structure; a finial.
- Electricity a. A position in a circuit or device at which a connection is normally established or broken.b. A passive conductor at such a position used to facilitate the connection.
- a. An end of a railroad or other transportation line, or a station at such an end.b. A building in an airport where travelers board and get off airplanes.c. A town at the end of a transportation line.
- Computers A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, through which data or information can be entered or displayed.
Origin of terminalMiddle English, from Latin terminalis, from terminus, boundary.
- A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.
- A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
- 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.
- An electric contact on a battery.
- In telecommunications, the apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device.
- (computing) 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.
- (computing) A computer program that emulates a terminal (6).
- (computing theory) A terminal symbol in a formal grammar.
terminal - Computer Definition
- A device that constitutes a point of termination of a communications circuit or channel, i.e., a transmitter or receiver, also known respectively as a source or sink.
- In telecommunications, a voice terminal is a telephone set, which can take many forms, including a simple analog rotary dial set, a digital smartphone, a digital softphone, and a cellular telephone.
- In data communications, a device comprising a keyboard, video adapter, and monitor. A data terminal is a dumb terminal, i.e., it does no independent processing, but relies on the computational resources of a computer to which it is connected over a dedicated circuit or through a network. A data terminal essentially is an input/output (I/O) device. See also DTE and terminal emulation.
(1) An input/output (I/O) device for a computer that has a keyboard and mouse for input and a video screen for output. Older terminals did not have a mouse and used a printer for output. See dumb terminal and ATM machine.
(2) Any entrance or exit node for input or output; for example, a scanner or camera for input or a monitor or printer for output.
(3) A connector used to attach a wire. The wire is fastened by pressure, by a clip of some type or by tightening a screw. See bindings.
(4) (Terminal) A command line interface on a Unix-based computer. The following example from a Mac OS X computer shows two commands; one that switches the current folder (directory) to the desktop and another that lists the files that begin with "X." Function Unix Command Change directory to desktop cd desktop List files beginning with X ls X*