Other forms: terminals

Terminal is a word with many meanings. Depending on how it's used, it can describe a place where passengers end their journey, a computer screen and keyboard, or a life-ending disease.

As a noun, terminal describes a bus or train station at the end of the line. When your aunt takes the bus into town, you pick her up at the terminal. Her visit becomes very sad when your aunt tells you she's been diagnosed with an illness that's terminal — an adjective meaning she hasn't long to live. This is surprising news, since you've always believed your aunt is a hypochondriac. Now you have to go to your computer terminal and look up her disease.

Definitions of terminal
  1. adjective
    occurring at or forming an end or termination
    terminal leave”
    synonyms: concluding, final, last
    final or ending
  2. adjective
    being or situated at an end
    terminal buds on a branch”
    “a terminal station”
    “the terminal syllable”
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    lying between two extremes in time or space or state
    gray, grey
    intermediate in character or position
    at a point midway between two extremes
    in-between, mediate, middle
    being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series
    junior, next-to-last, third-year
    used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college
    next-to-last, penultimate
    next to the last
    second-year, sophomore
    used of the second year in United States high school or college
    near but not precisely at an end
    third from last
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  3. adjective
    of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route
    “freight pickup is a terminal service”
    terminal charges”
  4. adjective
    causing or ending in or approaching death
    “a terminal patient”
    terminal cancer”
    bringing death
  5. noun
    either extremity of something that has length
    “the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix”
    synonyms: end
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    bitter end
    (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
    the upper end of a bitt
    the lower end of a ship's mast
    sharp end
    magnetic pole, pole
    one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
    the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway
    either end of a railroad or bus route
    either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
    nerve end, nerve ending
    the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse
    either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome
    one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
    end point, endpoint, termination, terminus
    a place where something ends or is complete
    destination, finish, goal
    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
    the extreme end of something, especially something pointed
    the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
    a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
    the pointed part of barbed wire
    point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
    diamond point
    a very hard small point made from a diamond
    negative magnetic pole, negative pole, south-seeking pole
    the pole of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is suspended freely
    nib, pen nib
    the writing point of a pen
    a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
    the sharp point of a pin
    north-seeking pole, positive magnetic pole, positive pole
    the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is suspended freely
    spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint
    the head and sharpened point of a spear
    each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
    free nerve ending
    microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
    Pacinian corpuscle
    a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
    special nerve endings in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body
    the end (tip) of a finger
    the tip of a toe
    finish line, finishing line
    a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
    a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
    type of:
    the outermost or farthest region or point
  6. noun
    station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    synonyms: depot, terminus
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    air terminal, airport terminal
    a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
    bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, coach station
    a terminal that serves bus passengers
    the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
    railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, train depot, train station
    terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods
    subway station
    a terminal where subways load and unload passengers
    flag stop, way station, whistle stop
    a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
    type of:
    a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
  7. noun
    a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
    synonyms: pole
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    the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
    negative pole
    the terminal of a battery that is connected to the negative plate
    positive pole
    the terminal of a battery that is connected to the positive plate
    type of:
    contact, tangency
    (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
  8. noun
    electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
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    job-oriented terminal
    a terminal designed for a particular application
    link-attached station, link-attached terminal, remote station, remote terminal
    a terminal connected to a computer by a data link
    type of:
    electronic equipment, electronics
    equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
  9. adjective
    relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time
    terminal examinations”
    terminal payments”




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