Definitions for: Terminal


[n] station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
[n] a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
[n] electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
[adj] causing or ending in or approaching death; "a terminal patient"; "terminal cancer"
[adj] 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] being or situated at an end; "the endmost pillar"; "terminal buds on a branch"; "a terminal station"; "the terminal syllable"
[adj] relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time; "terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"
[adj] of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route; "freight pickup is a terminal service"; "terminal charges"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ter"mi*nal, a. (Railroads)
Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected with the receipt
or delivery of freight; as, terminal charges.


Ter"mi*nal, n. (Railroads)
(a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches,
stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto.
(b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying
too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings.
(c) 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.
(d) A town lying at the end of a railroad; -- more properly
called a terminus.


Ter"mi*nal (-nal), a. [L. terminals: cf. F. terminal.
See Term, n.]
1. Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the
extremity; as, a terminal edge.

2. (Bot.) Growing at the end of a branch or stem;
terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.

Terminal moraine. See the Note under Moraine.

Terminal statue. See Terminus, n., 2 and 3.

Terminal velocity.
(a) The velocity acquired at the end of a body's motion.
(b) The limit toward which the velocity of a body
approaches, as of a body falling through the air.


Ter"mi*nal, n.
1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.

2. (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.

Synonyms: closing, concluding, depot, endmost, fatal, final, last, pole, terminus

See Also: air terminal, airport terminal, anode, battery, bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, cathode, coach station, contact, electric battery, electrical device, electronic equipment, job-oriented terminal, keyboard, link-attached station, link-attached terminal, negative pole, positive pole, railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, remote station, remote terminal, station, subway station, tangency, train depot, train station, transit, transportation, transportation system

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