last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped.
last page of a book
last news we had of him
final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress.
final day of school
terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development.
terminal phase of a disease
ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible.
the ultimate collapse of the system
Examples of terminal in a Sentence
She was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I was suffering from terminal boredom.
another person with terminal stupidity
branches that end in a terminal bud Noun
I will meet you outside the bus terminal.
Flight 1584 is now departing from Gate 6 in Terminal A.
You are not allowed in the terminal without a ticket.
Ten terminals are connected to this server.
You will need to clean the corrosion off the battery terminals. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In the terminal stage, about 80 percent of dementia patients experience dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 But could the notion that life sucks be a starting point for discovery rather than a terminal epiphany?—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The current terminal interface can cause an unnatural interaction between technology and people.—John Jarosz, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Colombo port also has a terminal run by China Merchants Port Holdings.—Bharatha Mallawarachi, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 Dotson heard about its work as Angell and others were doing street outreach near the terminal and building partnerships with security officers.—Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 To test this, the scientists experimented on eight larynges that had been removed from domestic cats (all had been humanely euthanized when diagnosed with terminal illnesses).—Jorge Garay, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023 This piece of terminal tackle provides three tie-in points:
One for the main line running to your surf fishing reel.—Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 This encounter was the first in-flight test of the spacecraft’s terminal tracking system.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2023
The railway wants to do a concourse modernization project to add more seating, increase signage in the terminal, and improve infrastructure.—The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2023 Tesla investor Sawyer Merritt, who posted about the new terminal Friday morning, shared the quick start video for it.—Wes Davis, The Verge, 20 Nov. 2023 With dedicated lanes at more than 50 airports nationwide, Clear can help frequent road warriors save time at busy terminals, which can be a game-changer during busy travel periods like the upcoming holiday season.—Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2023 Last year, the terminal, Haiti’s largest, was closed over nearly seven weeks due to a gang blockade.—Evens Sanon and Emmanuel Igunza, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023 Together, the records show when products left a particular terminal, who owned the goods, which vessels they were shipped on and where they were unloaded.—Jonathan O'Connell, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Earlier, the account noted that travelers could face limited access and emergency personnel at the terminal because of the protest activity.—NBC News, 11 Nov. 2023 Safety vests left behind by Yellow workers at a terminal after the trucking company shut down over the summer.—Paul Berger, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 At an airport terminal, Molly points out a couple sharing hand sanitizer.—Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 See More
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