Terminal meaning

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Of, at, relating to, or being the end of a section or series; final.
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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.

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Of, at, relating to, or forming a limit, boundary, extremity, or end.

The terminal moraine of a glacier.

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A point or part that forms the end.
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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.

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Growing or appearing at the end of a stem, branch, stalk, or similar part.
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Of or relating to a transportation terminal.

Stopped at the terminal bar for a drink.

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Relating to or occurring in a term or each term.

Terminal inventories.

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Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal.

Terminal cancer; a terminal patient.

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Extreme.

Terminal boredom.

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An ornamental figure or object placed at the end of a larger structure; a finial.
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A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, through which data or information can be entered or displayed.
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Of, at, or forming the end, extremity, or terminus of something.

Terminal feathers.

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Occurring at the end of a series; concluding; closing; final.

A terminal payment.

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Designating, of, or having a fatal disease in its final stages.

Terminal cancer, to be diagnosed as terminal.

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Extreme or excessive.

Terminal cuteness.

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Having to do with a term or established period of time; occurring regularly in each term.
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Of, at, or forming the end of a transportation line.
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Growing at the end of a stem or branch.

A terminal bud.

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A terminating part; end; extremity; limit.
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A connective device or point in or attached to an electric circuit or conductor.
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An ornamental carving at the end of a structural element.
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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.
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Relating to, situated at, or forming a limit, boundary, extremity, or end.
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Relating to, occurring at, or being the end of a section or series; final.
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Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal.
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A position in a circuit or device at which a connection can be made or broken.
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A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, by which one can read, enter, or manipulate information in a computer system.
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(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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.
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A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
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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.
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In telecommunications, the apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device.
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(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.
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(computing) A computer program that emulates a terminal (6).
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(computing theory) A terminal symbol in a formal grammar.
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(illness): Fatal; resulting in death.

(example) Terminal cancer.

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Appearing at the end; top or apex of a physical object.
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Occurring at the end of a word, sentence, or period of time.
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Origin of terminal

  • Middle English from Latin terminālis from terminus boundary
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French terminal, from Late Latin terminalis (“pertaining to a boundary or to the end, terminal, final"), from Latin terminus (“a bound, boundary, limit, end"); see term, terminus.
    From Wiktionary