What is the difference between Depot and Terminal?

The difference between depot and terminal

is that "depot" is a storage facility, in particular, a warehouse and "terminal" is a building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.




  • A storage facility, in particular, a warehouse.
  • (US) A bus station or railway station.
  • (military) A place where recruits are assembled before being sent to active units.
  • (military) A place for the storage, servicing or upgrade of military hardware.
  • (military) The portion of a regiment that remains at home when the rest go on foreign service.
  • (card games) The tableau; the area where cards can be arranged in solitaire or patience games.


  • Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.


  • A building in an airport where passengers transfer from ground transportation to the facilities that allow them to board airplanes.
  • A harbour facility where ferries embark and disembark passengers and load and unload vehicles.
  • A rail station where service begins and ends; the end of the line. For example: Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
  • A rate charged on all freight, regardless of 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 town lying at the end of a railroad, in which the terminal is located; more properly called a terminus.
  • A storage tank for bulk liquids (such as oil or chemicals) prior to further distribution.
  • (electronics) the end of a line where signals are either transmitted or received, or a point along the length of a line where the signals are made available to apparatus.
  • An electric contact on a battery.
  • (telecommunications) The apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a line, such as a telephone or network device.
  • (computing) A device for entering data into a computer or a communications system and/or displaying data received, especially a device equipped with a keyboard and some sort of textual display.
  • (computing) A computer program that emulates a physical terminal.
  • (computing theory) A terminal symbol in a formal grammar.
  • (biology) The end ramification (of an axon, etc.) or one of the extremities of a polypeptid.

Related terms

  • coterminal
  • term
  • terminable
  • terminally
  • terminate
  • terminus


  • Fatal; resulting in death.
  • Appearing at the end; top or apex of a physical object.
  • Occurring at the end of a word, sentence, or period of time.
  • (archaic) Occurring every term; termly.


  • (appearing at the end): endly, final, late, endsome


  • non-terminal
  • (illness): early
  • (appearing at the end): initial, early

Related terms

  • term
  • terminus
  • terminate
  • termination


  • terminal cancer
  • a student’s terminal fees


  • To store bulk liquids (such as oil or chemicals) in storage tanks prior to further distribution.