Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “terminal”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of terminal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of terminal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “terminal”

Definitions of “terminal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More