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ter·mi·nal  (tûrm-nl)
1. Of, at, relating to, or forming a limit, boundary, extremity, or end.
2. Botany Growing or appearing at the end of a stem, branch, stalk, or similar part.
3. Of, at, relating to, or being the end of a section or series; final. See Synonyms at last1.
4. Relating to or occurring in a term or each term: terminal inventories.
5. Causing, ending in, or approaching death; fatal: terminal cancer; a terminal patient.
1. A point or part that forms the end.
2. An ornamental figure or object placed at the end of a larger structure; a finial.
3. Electricity
a. A position in a circuit or device at which a connection is normally established or broken.
b. A passive conductor at such a position used to facilitate the connection.
a. Either end of a railroad or other transportation line; a terminus.
b. A station at the end of a transportation line or at a major junction on a transportation line.
c. A town at the end of a transportation line.
5. Computer Science A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, through which data or information can be entered or displayed.

[Middle English, from Latin terminlis, from terminus, boundary.]

termi·nal·ly adv.

terminal [ˈtɜːmɪnəl]
1. of, being, or situated at an end, terminus, or boundary a terminal station terminal buds
2. of, relating to, or occurring after or in a term terminal leave
3. (Medicine / Pathology) (of a disease) terminating in death terminal cancer
4. Informal extreme terminal boredom
5. (Business / Commerce) of or relating to the storage or delivery of freight at a warehouse a terminal service
1. a terminating point, part, or place
2. (Electronics)
a.  a point at which current enters or leaves an electrical device, such as a battery or a circuit
b.  a conductor by which current enters or leaves at such a point
3. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a device having input/output links with a computer but situated at a distance from the computer
4. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) Architect
a.  an ornamental carving at the end of a structure
b.  another name for term [10]
5. (Transport / Railways)
a.  a point or station usually at the end of the line of a railway, serving as an important access point for passengers or freight
b.  a less common name for terminus
6. a purpose-built reception and departure structure at the terminus of a bus, sea, or air transport route
7. a site where raw material is unloaded, stored, in some cases reprocessed, and reloaded for further transportation, esp an onshore installation designed to receive offshore oil or gas from tankers or a pipeline
8. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Physiol
a.  the smallest arteriole before its division into capillaries
b.  either of two veins that collect blood from the thalamus and surrounding structures and empty it into the internal cerebral vein
c.  the portion of a bronchiole just before it subdivides into the air sacs of the lungs
[from Latin terminālis, from terminus end]
terminally  adv

terminal  (tûrm-nl)
1. Electricity
2. A position in a circuit or device at which a connection can be made or broken. See Note at battery.
3. Computer Science A device, often equipped with a keyboard and a video display, by which one can read, enter, or manipulate information in a computer system.

terminal  /trmnl/  n. 1 a station, depot (rail, bus, airline): The bus terminal is on the citys west side. 2 the last stop on a transportation line 3 an electrical post: The terminals on the car battery are old and dirty. 4 a machine that works by being connected to another computer and that has no CPU of its own (also called a dumb terminal)
adj. going to die, fatal: He has terminal cancer; hes going to die. -adv. terminally. terminal

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