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"terminal" in British English

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terminaladjective

uk   /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈtɝː-/
  • terminal adjective (ILLNESS)

(of a ​disease or ​illness) ​leadinggradually to ​death: She has terminal ​cancer. A terminal ​patient is one who is ​seriouslyill and will ​diesoon.

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  • terminal adjective (EXTREME)

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

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 ​passengersleaving or ​arriving by ​train, ​aircraft, or ​ship: Terminal 3 is used ​mostly for ​domesticflights.

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  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"terminal" in American English

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terminalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɜr·mə·nəl/
  • terminal noun [C] (BUILDING)

the ​place where a ​train, ​bus, ​aircraft, or ​shipbegins or ​ends a ​trip, or the ​building used by ​passengers who are ​arriving or ​leaving: Yourflightleaves from Terminal 3.
  • terminal noun [C] (ELECTRICITY)

a ​point at which a ​connection can be made to an ​electricalcircuit (= ​system through which ​electricityflows)
  • terminal noun [C] (COMPUTER)

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

terminaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈtɜr·mə·nəl/
(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)

"terminal" in Business English

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terminalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/
(also terminal building) TRANSPORT a large ​building at a ​station, ​airport, or ​port where ​passengers or ​goodsleave or arrive: Hong Kong's existing eight ​container terminals ​handled more than 14.7 million ​containers last ​year. Long ​queues and crowded terminals are making ​airportsfeel like hell on earth this summer. the Eurostar terminal at Waterloo They ​started walking towards the terminal ​building.
(also computer terminal) IT a ​piece of ​equipment consisting of a ​keyboard and ​screen, that is ​connected to a ​centralcomputersystem: They were seated at terminals ​tappinginformation into ​keyboards.

terminaladjective

uk   us   /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/
causing something to end or ​fail: He doesn't believe their problems are terminal. This may prove a terminal ​blow for the ​troubled state-owned ​nuclear reprocessor.be in terminal decline The ​market is in terminal ​decline.
(Definition of terminal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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