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ter·mi·nal / ˈtərmənl/ • adj. 1. of, forming, or situated at the end or extremity of something: a terminal date | the terminal tip of the probe. ∎  of or forming a transportation terminal: terminal platforms. ∎  Zool. situated at, forming, or denoting the end of a part or series of parts furthest from the center of the body. ∎  Bot. (of a flower, inflorescence, etc.) borne at the end of a stem or branch.Often contrasted with axillary.2. (of a disease) predicted to lead to death, esp. slowly; incurable: terminal cancer. ∎  suffering from or relating to such a disease: a hospice for terminal cases. ∎  (of a condition) forming the last stage of such a disease. ∎ inf. extreme and usually beyond cure or alteration (used to emphasize the extent of something regarded as bad or unfortunate): you're making a terminal ass of yourself. • n. 1. an end or extremity of something, in particular: ∎  the end of a railroad or other transport route, or a station at such a point. ∎  a departure and arrival building for air passengers at an airport. ∎  an installation where oil or gas is stored at the end of a pipeline or at a port.2. a point of connection for closing an electric circuit.3. a device at which a user enters data or commands for a computer system and that displays the received output.4. (also terminal figure) another term for terminus (sense 3).DERIVATIVES: ter·mi·nal·ly adv. (in sense 2 of the adjective ) a terminally ill woman.

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1. A data input and/or output device that is connected to a controlling processor to which it is subservient and usually remote. There are a very wide range of terminal types. The VDU is frequently used as a terminal by which a user can input queries or instructions and receive instructions. The information may be in the form of text or it may be mainly graphical. Terminals designed for a particular environment and business activity come under a general heading of application terminals. If the terminal has a built-in capability to store and manipulate data it is classed as an intelligent terminal; without this capability terminals are classed as dumb.

2. (terminal symbol) See grammar.

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terminal.
1. Term.

2. Ornamental finish, or termination, of an object, e.g. a finial, bench-end in a church, or knob.

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