Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “terminal”

terminal

adjective uk   /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/ us    /ˈtɝː-/

terminal adjective (ILLNESS)

(of a disease or illness) leading gradually to death: She has terminal cancer. A terminal patient is one who is seriously ill and will die soon.

terminal adjective (EXTREME)

extreme, when referring to something unpleasant or negative: He has nothing to do all day and is suffering from terminal boredom. She claims that the shipbuilding industry is in terminal decline.
terminally
adverb uk   /-nə.li/ us  
a terminally ill child

terminal

noun [C] uk   /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/ us    /ˈtɝː-/

terminal noun [C] (BUILDING)

B2 the area or building at a station, airport, or port that is used by passengers leaving or arriving by train, aircraft, or ship: Your flight to Perth will leave from Terminal 4.

terminal noun [C] (COMPUTER)

a piece of equipment consisting of a keyboard and screen, used for communicating with the part of a computer system that deals with information

terminal noun [C] (ELECTRICITY)

specialized electronics the point at which a connection can be made in an electric circuit
(Definition of terminal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of terminal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “terminal”

Definitions of “terminal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More