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definition of the word terminal

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< French terminal < Late Latin terminalis (pertaining to a boundary or to the end, terminal, final) < Latin terminus (a bound, boundary, limit, end); see term, terminus.



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)


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none (absolute)

  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.

terminal m. (plural terminals)

  1. terminal

terminal m. and f. (plural terminales)

  1. final
  2. deadly

terminal m. (plural terminales)

terminal m.

terminales m.

  1. terminal
  2. closure

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