ter·mi·nal /ˈtɝmnəl, ˈtɚ/
ter·mi·nal /ˈtɝmnəl, ənḷ/ 形容詞
1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
2. Eccl. Either of the ends of the conducting circuit of an electrical apparatus, as an inductorium, dynamo, or electric motor, usually provided with binding screws for the attachment of wires by which a current may be conveyed into or from the machine; a pole.
3. Railroads (a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches, stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto. (b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings. (c) A rate charged on all freight, independent of the distance, and supposed to cover the expenses of station service, as distinct from mileage rate, generally proportionate to the distance and intended to cover movement expenses; a terminal charge. (d) A town lying at the end of a railroad, in which the terminal is located; -- more properly called a terminus.
1. Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.
2. Bot. Growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.
3. Railroads Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected with the receipt or delivery of freight; as, terminal charges.
Terminal moraine. See the Note under Moraine.
Terminal statue. See Terminus, n., 2 and 3.
Terminal velocity. (a) The velocity acquired at the end of a body's motion. (b) The limit toward which the velocity of a body approaches, as of a body falling through the air.
adj 1: being or situated at an end; "the endmost pillar"; "terminal
buds on a branch"; "a terminal station"; "the terminal
syllable" [syn: endmost]
2: of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery
route; "freight pickup is a terminal service"; "terminal
3: relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time;
"terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"
4: occurring at or forming an end or termination; "his
concluding words came as a surprise"; "the final chapter";
"the last days of the dinosaurs"; "terminal leave" [syn: concluding,
5: causing or ending in or approaching death; "a terminal
patient"; "terminal cancer"
n 1: station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers
or goods [syn: terminus, depot]
2: a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at
which electric current enters or leaves [syn: pole]
3: electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access
to a computer; has a keyboard and display