Meaning of “terminal” in the English Dictionary

"terminal" in British English

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terminaladjective

uk /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/ us /ˈtɝː.mə.nəl/

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.

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terminally
adverb uk /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl.i/ us /ˈtɝː.mə.nəl.i/

a terminally ill child

terminalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/ us /ˈtɝː.mə.nəl/

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:

Terminal 3 is used mostly for domestic flights.

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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 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

terminaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈtɜr·mə·nəl/

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)

"terminal" in Business English

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terminalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/ us

also terminal building TRANSPORT a large building at a station, airport, or port where passengers or goods leave 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 airports feel 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 central computer system:

They were seated at terminals tapping information into keyboards.

terminaladjective

uk /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/ us

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)