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Meaning of terminal by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • ( US )
      • IPA: /ˈtərmɪnəl/
      • X-SAMPA: /"t@rmIn@l/


    terminal ( plural: terminals )

    1. A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes .
    2. A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City .
    3. 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. An electric contact on a battery .
    5. In telecommunications, the apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device .
    6. ( 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 .
    7. ( computing ) A computer program that emulates a terminal ( 6 ) .
    8. ( computing theory ) A terminal symbol in a formal grammar .


    terminal ( not comparable )

    1. Fatal, resulting in death .
    2. Appearing at the end, top or apex of a physical object .
    3. Occurring at the end of a word, sentence, or period of time .

    External links

    • terminal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • terminal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of terminal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. causing or ending in or approaching death

    2. a terminal patient
      terminal cancer
    3. occurring at or forming an end or termination

    4. terminal leave
    5. being or situated at an end

    6. terminal buds on a branch
      a terminal station
      the terminal syllable
    7. relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time

    8. terminal examinations
      terminal payments
    9. of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route

    10. freight pickup is a terminal service
      terminal charges
    1. station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

    2. a contact on an electrical device ( such as a battery ) at which electric current enters or leaves

    3. electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer

    4. either extremity of something that has length

    5. the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix