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Definition of Terminal


  1. Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected with the receipt or delivery of freight; as, terminal charges.
  2. The end of a line of railroad, with the switches, stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining thereto.
  3. Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight lying too far from the main line to be served by mere sidings.
  4. 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.
  5. A town lying at the end of a railroad; -- more properly called a terminus.
  6. Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the extremity; as, a terminal edge.
  7. Growing at the end of a branch or stem; terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.
  8. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
  9. 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.

Terminal Quotations

If I had terminal cancer, I had a few weeks to live, I was in tremendous amount of pain - if they just effectively wanted to turn off the switch and legalise that by legalising euthanasia, I'd want that.
John Key

Like the experience of warfare, the endurance of grave or terminal illness involves long periods of tedium and anxiety, punctuated by briefer interludes of stark terror and pain.
Christopher Hitchens

I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it's not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.
Quincy Jones

Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem.
David D. Burns

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.
Nelson Mandela
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Terminal Translations

terminal in Dutch is terminal
terminal in French is terminal, terminus
terminal in Swedish is terminal, slutgiltig
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