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English adjective: terminal

1. terminal of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route

SamplesFreight pickup is a terminal service.
Terminal charges.

2. terminal relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time

SamplesTerminal examinations.
Terminal payments.

3. terminal being or situated at an end

SamplesThe endmost pillar.
Terminal buds on a branch.
A terminal station.
The terminal syllable.


4. terminal occurring at or forming an end or termination

SamplesHis concluding words came as a surprise.
The final chapter.
The last days of the dinosaurs.
Terminal leave.

Synonymsconcluding, final, last



5. terminal causing or ending in or approaching death

SamplesA terminal patient.
Terminal cancer.



English noun: terminal

1. terminal (artifact) station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

Synonymsdepot, terminus

Broader (hypernym)station

Narrower (hyponym)air terminal, airport terminal, bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, cathode, coach station, railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, subway station, train depot, train station

Part meronymtransit, transportation, transportation system

2. terminal (artifact) a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves


Broader (hypernym)contact, tangency

Narrower (hyponym)anode, negative pole, positive pole

Part meronymbattery, electric battery, electrical device

3. terminal (location) either extremity of something that has length

SamplesThe 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.


Broader (hypernym)extremity

Narrower (hyponym)bitter end, bitthead, destination, end point, endpoint, finish, goal, heel, heel, magnetic pole, nerve end, nerve ending, point, pole, railhead, telomere, termination, terminus, terminus, tip, yardarm

4. terminal (artifact) electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display

Broader (hypernym)electronic equipment

Narrower (hyponym)job-oriented terminal, link-attached station, link-attached terminal, remote station, remote terminal

Part holonymkeyboard

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