- terminal ter‧mi‧nal [ˈtɜːmnl ǁ ˈtɜːr-] noun [countable]1. a large building that is part of an airport, bus station, or port, where people wait to get onto planes, buses, or ships:
• Your plane leaves from Terminal 4.2. COMPUTING a piece of computer equipment that consists of a keyboard and a screen, used as part of a network of computers that are all connected to each other or to one large computer:
• A PC can work as a terminal on a network.ˌdumb ˈterminal COMPUTINGa terminal that cannot be used by itself as a computer, but can be used to look at or work on information that is on a network or larger computerinˌtelligent ˈterminal COMPUTINGa terminal that can also be used by itself as a computer
* * *Onshore installation designed to receive oil or gas from a pipeline or from tankers. Not a refinery.
* * *Ⅰ.terminal UK US /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/ noun [C]► (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.Ⅱ.terminal UK US /ˈtɜːmɪnəl/ adjective► 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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.