terminal

adjective
ter·​mi·​nal | \ ˈtərm-nəl How to pronounce terminal (audio) , ˈtər-mə-nᵊl\

Definition of terminal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : leading ultimately to death : fatal terminal cancer
(2) : approaching or close to death : being in the final stages of a fatal disease a terminal patient
(3) : of or relating to patients with a terminal illness terminal care
b : of, relating to, or occurring in a term or each term terminal payments
c : extremely or hopelessly severe terminal boredom
2a : of or relating to an end, extremity, boundary, or terminus a terminal pillar
b : growing at the end of a branch or stem a terminal bud
3a : occurring at or constituting the end of a period or series : concluding the terminal moments of life
b : not intended as preparation for further academic work a terminal curriculum

terminal

noun

Definition of terminal (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : either end of a carrier line having facilities for the handling of freight and passengers
b : a freight or passenger station that is central to a considerable area or serves as a junction at any point with other lines
c : a town or city at the end of a carrier line : terminus
2 : a combination of a keyboard and output device (such as a video display unit) by which data can be entered into or output from a computer or electronic communications system
3 : a device attached to the end of a wire or cable or to an electrical apparatus for convenience in making connections
4 : a part that forms the end : extremity, termination
5 : a terminating usually ornamental detail : finial

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Other Words from terminal

Adjective

terminally adverb

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Adjective

last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). 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

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

When her grandmother in China was diagnosed with a terminal illness, the family in China and America decided not to tell her. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Real lies and true emotions in ‘The Farewell’," 12 July 2019 Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 6 July 2019 The story lines are still on the histrionic side: a possibly terminal illness, the sudden appearance of a previously unknown parent, panic attacks and drunken arrests. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Affair’ Is Back, and Things Are About to Get Crazy. Again.," 14 June 2018 Legislation to help students with terminal illnesses stay in school while providing some liability protection for doctors and school nurses is at the top of the calendar for the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alex Hoover bills, to help terminally ill stay in school, up in House," 26 Feb. 2018 Hemsworth will play Dodge Maynard, who is dying from a terminal illness. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Liam Hemsworth Is Starring In A New Series — & It Sounds Like The Hunger Games," 30 June 2019 The incredible success of the iPhone, combined with the terminal illness of former Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, forced Ive to put those plans on hold. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "How Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, planned his own obsolescence," 28 June 2019 South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said his father was able to navigate the health care system during a terminal illness due to his Medicare coverage. Anchorage Daily News, "Rivals attack Biden, with Harris leading way on race issues," 28 June 2019 The reality is nearly all of the vast majority of individuals who qualify for medical aid in dying are unlikely to be eligible for organ donation because of their terminal illness. WSJ, "Slippery Slope of Human Organ Harvesting," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once a company is chosen to run the central system, terminals will be permitted at 2,500 locations in the first year. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.," 13 July 2019 According to the company’s website, LME has terminals in 30 locations across the U.S. and through interline agreements services all of North America. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Roseville’s LME trucking announces sudden closure," 12 July 2019 Smokers will instead be allowed to smoke in an outdoor terminal smoking area before heading through security. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 The charismatic Valvano, terminal with cancer, advised a worldwide audience to laugh, think and cry each day. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Armless, legless South Bay football coach honored at ESPYS has a message for you," 11 July 2019 The buttons of this time machine offer two options: Modern-day JetBlue terminal or the 1960s TWA Hotel. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "The TWA Hotel at JFK: How to see this aviation history gem on your layover," 11 July 2019 Researchers are learning that cells once thought terminal or dead can resurrect themselves, or be partially resurrected, under the right conditions. Quanta Magazine, "Cellular Life, Death and Everything in Between," 8 July 2019 Replacing the original Transbay bus terminal that was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Salesforce Transit Center has been trumpeted as the Grand Central Station of the West. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "San Francisco's Massive Salesforce Transit Center Reopens After Cracked Beam Snafu," 1 July 2019 Houston pipeline and export terminal operator Enterprise Products Partners LP has put $2.5 billlion of senior notes on the market amid plans for expansion. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Enterprise puts $2.5 billion of senior notes on market amid exports build out," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of terminal

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for terminal

Adjective

Latin terminalis, from terminus

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The first known use of terminal was in the 15th century

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terminal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of terminal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing death eventually : leading finally to death
: having an illness that cannot be cured and that will soon lead to death
: of or relating to patients who have a terminal illness

terminal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of terminal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a building where buses or trains regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off
: a building at an airport where people get on and off airplanes
: a computer or a combination of a keyboard and a video display that is connected to a system and used for entering or receiving data

terminal

adjective
ter·​mi·​nal | \ ˈtər-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce terminal (audio) \

Kids Definition of terminal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or forming an end branches with terminal buds

terminal

noun

Kids Definition of terminal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : either end of a transportation line or a passenger or freight station located at it the bus terminal
2 : a device (as in a computer system) used to put in, receive, and display information He typed his request into the terminal.
3 : a device at the end of a wire or on a machine for making an electrical connection

terminal

adjective
ter·​mi·​nal | \ ˈtərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce terminal (audio) \

Medical Definition of terminal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being at an end, extremity, boundary, or terminus the terminal phalanx of a finger
2a : leading ultimately to death : fatal terminal cancer
b : approaching or close to death : being in the final stages of a fatal disease a terminal patient
c : of or relating to patients with a terminal illness terminal care
3 : being at or near the end of a chain of atoms making up a molecule the terminal carbon

Other Words from terminal

terminally \ -​ē How to pronounce terminally (audio) \ adverb

terminal

noun

Medical Definition of terminal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a part that forms an end especially : nerve ending synthesis of a neurotransmitter in the presynaptic terminal of a neuron — R. J. Wurtman

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