• WordNet 3.6
    • adj terminal causing or ending in or approaching death "a terminal patient","terminal cancer"
    • adj terminal occurring at or forming an end or termination "his concluding words came as a surprise","the final chapter","the last days of the dinosaurs","terminal leave"
    • adj terminal being or situated at an end "the endmost pillar","terminal buds on a branch","a terminal station","the terminal syllable"
    • adj terminal relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time "terminal examinations","terminal payments"
    • adj terminal of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route "freight pickup is a terminal service","terminal charges"
    • n terminal station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    • n terminal a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
    • n terminal electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
    • n terminal either extremity of something that has length "the end of the pier","she knotted the end of the thread","they rode to the end of the line","the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Terminal (Railroads) A rate charged on all freight, independent of the distance, and supposed to cover the expenses of station service, as distinct from mileage rate, generally proportionate to the distance and intended to cover movement expenses; a terminal charge.
    • Terminal A station where passenger buses start or end a trip; -- also called bus terminal.
    • Terminal (Railroads) A town lying at the end of a railroad, in which the terminal is located; -- more properly called a terminus.
    • Terminal (Computers) An electronic device where data may be entered into a computer, and information received from it, usually consisting of a keyboard and video display unit (monitor); the terminal may be integrated or connected directly to a computer, or connected by a communications circuit with a computer at a remote location; -- also called computer terminal.
    • Terminal (Railroads) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings.
    • Terminal (Eccl) Either of the ends of the conducting circuit of an electrical apparatus, as an inductorium, dynamo, or electric motor, usually provided with binding screws for the attachment of wires by which a current may be conveyed into or from the machine; a pole.
    • Terminal (Bot) Growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.
    • Terminal Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.
    • Terminal (Railroads) Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected with the receipt or delivery of freight; as, terminal charges.
    • Terminal That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
    • Terminal (Railroads) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches, stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto.
    • Terminal The station at either end of a bus line line which transports freight or passengers.
    • Terminal The structure at an airport where passengers board or debark, and where ticket purchases and baggage pickup is performed; -- also called airline terminal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n terminal A terminus, as of a railroad.
    • terminal Of, pertaining to, or forming the terminus or termination of something; forming a boundary or extreme limit; pertaining to a term (see term, 1 and 2): as, a terminal pillar; the terminal edge of a polyhedron; the terminal facilities of a railway.
    • terminal In botany, growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating: as, a terminal peduncle, flower, or spike.
    • terminal In logic, constituted by or relating to a term.
    • terminal Occurring in every term; representing a term.
    • terminal In anatomy and zoology, ending a set or series of like parts; apical: as, the middle sacral artery is the terminal branch of the abdominal aorta; the last coccygeal bone is the terminal one of the coccyx; a terminal mark or spine; the terminal joint of an antenna. See cuts under Colaspis and Erotylus.
    • n terminal That which terminates; the extremity; the end; especially, in electricity, the clampingscrew at each end of a voltaic battery, used for connecting it with the wires which complete the circuit.
    • n terminal In crystallography, the plane or planes which form the extremity of a crystal.
    • n terminal A charge made by a railway for the use of its termini or stations, or for the handling of freight at stations.
    • n terminal A terminus, as of a railroad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • adj Terminal pertaining to, or growing at, the end or extremity: ending a series or part: occurring in every term
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. terminals,: cf. F. terminal,. See Term (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. terminus.


In literature:

W-pattern; terminal crooks 717 320.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
This order must have terminated the government of Collins, had he survived.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The conferences were brought to an abrupt termination by the Crusaders, and a last attack made upon the walls of Damietta.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The session of the present Congress will soon terminate.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Jane was silenced, but not convinced, by her uncle's story; and though doubting the termination, offered no more opposition.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
Each terminal has a cluster of nuts.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
The memorable career of General Duroc was terminated at the battle of Bautzen, in Germany, on the 23d of May, 1813.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
On waking with the first dawn of day, his dreams, instead of being terminated, appeared to be continued.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Those astronomical motions which return or terminate every year.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They represent the scars of the scales of the past terminal buds.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey

In poetry:

Alas! but this will never end,
'Tis like a grave old aunt's relation:
I would that reason might attend,
And terminate our disputation.
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie
Is it because past black there is not found
A fixed or horizontal bound? And so, as it doth terminate the white,
It may be said all colors to infold,
And in that kind to hold
Somewhat of infinite?
"To Her Hair" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
From Ann a scold began to flow,
For, by long practice, she knew how.
The elements exert their power,
Then terminated in a shower:
Thus, though loud thunders cease to creep,
The dismal clouds in sorrow weep.
"The Robin-Red-Breast" by William Hutton
TANS. Because the human heart has two summits, which terminate in one
base or root; and, spiritually, from one affection of the heart proceed
two opposites, love and hate; and the mountain of Parnassus has two
summits and one base.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
Le madri abbandonavano--le culle dei bambini;
E, fra l'essere donne--curiose o madri buone,
Prendeano il mezzo termine--d'affacciarsi al verone,
Tenendo sempre a bada--colla coda dell'occhio
Il letticciuolo, dove--miagolava il marmocchio.
"Fuoco" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Dignitaries cut the ribbon as the new Terminal B is inaugurated on Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 in the Sacramento International Airport.
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2.
New Santa Barbara Airport Terminal Opens For Service.
Santa Barbara's long awaited new airport terminal is now open KCLU's John Palminteri was on hand as the very first passengers walked into the new complex.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Airport Terminal Opens.
NJ airport terminal closed over suspicious package.
A terminal at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has been briefly evacuated by authorities investigating a suspicious package.
The noise generated by a gunshot is a mere byproduct and does not add to the terminal performance of the bullet.
Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St and Vanderbilt Ave.
Surveillance cameras captured still images of the suspect in the terminal at IAH.
The quest for the next action hero has been on ever since the Terminator became the Governator.
In August 2009, Scottish authorities released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, on compassionate grounds after he served eight years of a life sentence.
Public Meeting To Discuss Gateway Pacific Terminal.
The ST Ring Lug Terminal Block Series has been expanded with three touch-safe terminals, the ST5 N, ST6 and ST25.
Weidmuller expanded their ST Ring Lug Terminal Block Series with three touch-safe terminals, the ST5 N, ST6 and ST25.

In science:

By the termination of the sieve procedure, the iterative procedure that combines the procedure for separation of variables, with the sieve procedure, terminates after finitely many steps.
Diophantine Geometry over Groups IX: Envelopes and Imaginaries
The variable k is used to control termination of Algorithm 3.2: the algorithm begins with k = 1 and terminates when k = n.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
Terminal symbols indicate the way how a process terminates.
Formalizing cCSP Synchronous Semantics in PVS
A terminating rewriting system is normalizing but not the converse, see , so that in a terminating rewriting system every term has at least one normal form.
A diagrammatic calculus of n-term syllogisms
Then K is terminal and (f , α) = (f (cid:48) , α(cid:48) ) as B is also terminal.
On the duality between trees and disks