Ter"mi*nal, n. 1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
(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.
(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
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
4. The station at either end of a bus line line which transports freight or passengers.
5. A station where passenger buses start or end a trip; -- also called
6. The structure at an airport where passengers board or debark, and where ticket purchases and baggage pickup is performed; -- also called
(Computers) An electronic device where data may be entered into a computer, and information received from it, usually consisting of a keyboard and video display unit (monitor); the terminal may be integrated or connected directly to a computer, or connected by a communications circuit with a computer at a remote location; -- also called
freight terminal, a terminal used for loading or unloading of freight.
Ter`mi*na"li*a(?), n. pl. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) A festival celebrated annually by the Romans on February 23 in honor of Terminus, the god of boundaries.
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