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Definition of terminal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a building or set of buildings at an airport where air passengers arrive and leave A second terminal was opened in 2008.
  2. 2a place, building, or set of buildings where journeys by train, bus, or boat begin or end a railway/bus/ferry terminal
  3. 3(computing) a piece of equipment, usually consisting of a keyboard and a screen, that joins the user to a central computer system
  4. 4(technology) a point at which connections can be made in an electric circuit a positive/negative terminal
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: terminal