/ter’mi-nak`/ [Caltech, ca. 1979] Any malfunctioning computer terminal. A common failure mode of Lear-Siegler ADM 3a terminals caused the “L” key to produce the “K” code instead; complaints about this tended to look like “Terminak #3 has a bad keyboard. Pkease fix.” See AIDX, Nominal Semidestructor, Open DeathTrap, ScumOS, sun-stools, Telerat, HP-SUX.
adjective 1. situated at or forming the end or extremity of something: a terminal feature of a vista. 2. occurring at or forming the end of a series, succession, or the like; closing; concluding. 3. pertaining to or lasting for a term or definite period; occurring at fixed terms or in every term: terminal payments. […]
- Terminal access controller
hardware, networking (TAC) A device which connects terminals to the Internet, usually using dial-up modem connections and the TACACS protocol. (1997-11-27)
- Terminal adapter
- Terminal adaptor
networking, hardware (TA) Equipment used to adapt Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Basic Rate Interface (BRI) channels to existing terminal equipment standards such as EIA-232 and V.35. A Terminal Adaptor is typically packaged like a modem, either as a stand-alone unit or as an interface card that plugs into a computer or other communications equipment […]