terminal (adj.)

mid-15c., "relating to or marking boundaries," from Latin terminalis "pertaining to a boundary or end, final," from terminus "end, boundary line" (see terminus). The meaning "fatal" (terminal illness) is recorded from 1891. The sense of "situated at the extreme end" (of something) is from 1805. The slang meaning "extreme" is recorded from 1983. Related: Terminally.

terminal (n.)

"end point of a railway line," 1888, from terminal (adj.); sense of "device for communicating with a computer" is first recorded 1954. Earlier "final part of a word" (1831).

updated on October 29, 2022