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terminal

noun [C]  /ˈtɜr·mə·nəl/ us  

terminal noun [C] (BUILDING)

the place where a train, bus, aircraft, or ship begins or ends a trip, or the building used by passengers who are arriving or leaving: Your flight leaves from Terminal 3.

terminal noun [C] (ELECTRICITY)

a point at which a connection can be made to an electrical circuit (= system through which electricity flows)

terminal noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a piece of equipment used for communicating with a computer, esp. a keyboard and screen

terminal

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈtɜr·mə·nəl/ us  

terminal adjective [not gradable] (DEADLY)

(of a disease or illness) leading to death: His mother has a terminal illness.
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