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Definitions of terminal

  1. 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"
  2. station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
  3. being or situated at an end; " the endmost pillar"; " terminal buds on a branch"; " a terminal station"; " the terminal syllable"
  4. a contact on an electrical device ( such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
  5. of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route; " freight pickup is a terminal service"; " terminal charges"
  6. electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
  7. causing or ending in or approaching death; " a terminal patient"; " terminal cancer"
  8. relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time; " terminal examinations"; " terminal payments"
  9. Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected with the receipt or delivery of freight; as, terminal charges.
  10. The end of a line of railroad, with the switches, stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto.
  11. Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings.
  12. 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.
  13. Growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.
  14. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
  15. 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.
  16. A town lying at the end of a railroad; - more properly called a terminus.
  17. Pertaining to the end or boundary; forming the end; pertaining to a fixed length of time.
  18. A limit or boundary; an end; the limit or end of a railroad line; either end of an electrical circuit.
  19. Pertaining to or growing at the end or extremity.
  20. Ending; pertaining to the end.
  21. Pertaining to a boundary or an end.
  22. Pertaining to a term or name.
  23. Relating to or growing at the end.
  24. The extremity or end.
  25. Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.
  26. Forming the extremity; being at the end; in bot., growing at the end of a branch or stem.
  27. Or situated at, the end, as a terminal bud at the end of a twig.

Usage examples for terminal

  1. Note the terminal positive twitch. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  2. He let out a whoop as he turned and headed for a terminal. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  3. So one night, when it was very dark, I shouted for Corporal of the Guard, No. 1. The second sentry, thinking it was the terminal sentry who shouted, repeated it to the third, and so on. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  4. She took an early car for North Beach, sat mute and chilled on the dummy until she reached the terminal, and walked blindly down to the water. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  5. Working carefully, he removed the cover from the control console, examined the terminal blocks, then attached a small cylinder between two terminals. – The Players by Everett B. Cole
  6. It's the advancing terminal of all Man's history of trying to find out about himself and the Universe. – The Unlearned by Raymond F. Jones
  7. But as this operation usually requires the blockade of an adjacent naval port, it also constitutes, as a rule, a defensive disposition for our own trade, even when the enemy's terminal area does not overlap one of our own. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  8. If I don't hear from you I'll see you at the terminal. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  9. Can you leave with me at eleven o'clock to- night, Pennsylvania Terminal? – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  10. One moment we were climbing in a cliff- walled valley, with rocky buttresses and pinnacles soaring for thousands of feet on either side, and with brown- black gravel and thinning brown- grey bunch grass under foot and ahead; the next, as we gained the crest of the old terminal moraine, the landscape opened up with a blinding flash and we were gazing at a sparkling emerald lake clipped in the embrace of an amphitheatre of glaciers and eternal snow, and floating full of icebergs and marble- mottled shadows. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  11. It is also possible to start with the grid slightly positive instead of being as negative as it is when connected to the negative terminal of the A- battery. – Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son by John Mills
  12. The shrub is set in long rows occupying fields, and yields a profitable fragrant essential oil from the flowering tops, about one ounce of the oil from sixty terminal flowering spikes. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
  13. In the young there is very little of brown or black; the whole tail is more or less formed of grey hairs, and the terminal third is nearly white. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
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