1 [attributive] forming or situated at the end or extremity of something:a terminal date the terminal tip of the probe of or forming a transport terminal:the terminal building Zoology situated at, forming, or denoting the end of a part or series of parts furthest from the centre of the body: the terminal segments of the antennae Botany (of a flower, inflorescence, etc.) borne at the end of a stem or branch: terminal budsOften contrasted with axillary. 2(of a disease) predicted to lead to death, especially slowly; incurable:terminal cancer [attributive] suffering from or relating to a terminal disease:a hospice for terminal cases [attributive] (of a condition) forming the last stage of a terminal disease. informal extreme and usually beyond cure or alteration (used for emphasis):an industry in terminal decline you’re making a terminal ass of yourself
3done or occurring each school, college, university, or law term:terminal examinations
1the end of a railway or other transport route, or a station at such a point: a freight terminal a ferry terminal a departure and arrival building for air passengers at an airport. an installation where oil or gas is stored at the end of a pipeline or at a port. 2a point of connection for closing an electric circuit: battery terminals 3a device at which a user enters data or commands for a computer system and which displays the received output.
5British a patient suffering from a terminal illness.