terminal Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "terminal" - English Dictionary

See all translations

terminaladjective

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.
More examples

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   us   /-nə.li/
a terminally ill child

terminalnoun [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.
More examples

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

Definitions of “terminal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
stretch the truth

to say something that is not completely honest in order to make someone or something seem better than it really is

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

generation pause noun
generation pause noun
July 06, 2015
informal young adults who are not able to do things previously typical for their age group such as buy a home or start a family because of lack of money Meanwhile, a new study released last week revealed a quarter of Brits believe they’ll never own a property, leading them to be

Read More