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adjective terminal pronunciation in British English /ˈtɜː(r)mɪn(ə)l/

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  1. 2
    continuing to get worse until the end is reached
    in terminal decline: The coal industry is now feared to be in terminal decline.
  2. 3
    humorous extreme
    terminal boredom: The biggest challenge the soldiers had to face was terminal boredom.
  3. 4
    [only before noun] formal at the end of something
    a terminal branch/bud

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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