The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Terminal \Ter"mi*nal\, n.
1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
2. (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.
(a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches,
stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining
(b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight
lying too far from the main line to be served by mere
(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 bus terminal.
6. The structure at an airport where passengers board or
debark, and where ticket purchases and baggage pickup is
performed; -- also called airline terminal.
7. (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 computer
freight terminal, a terminal used for loading or unloading