terminal

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[ter·mi·nal]

Terminal is a word with many meanings. Depending on how it's used, it can describe a place where passengers end their journey, a computer screen and keyboard, or a life ending disease.

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Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.

Noun
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods

Noun
a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

Noun
electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display

Adjective S.
causing or ending in or approaching death; "a terminal patient"; "terminal cancer"

Adjective S.
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"

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Adjective S.
being or situated at an end; "the endmost pillar"; "terminal buds on a branch"; "a terminal station"; "the terminal syllable"

Adjective
relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time; "terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"

Adjective
of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route; "freight pickup is a terminal service"; "terminal charges"


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Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.

n.
Growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.

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That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.

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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

Ter"mi*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.

Terminal

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.

Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.

That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.

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Usage Examples

There's probably no experience more alienating than fame, other than a terminal illness, where you actually find yourself in a situation that nobody around you can relate to.

I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.

Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.

Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem.

The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.

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