American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either extremity of something that has length: the end of the pier.
- n. The outside or extreme edge or physical limit; a boundary: the end of town.
- n. The point in time when an action, an event, or a phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion: the end of the day.
- n. A result; an outcome.
- n. Something toward which one strives; a goal. See Synonyms at intention.
- n. The termination of life or existence; death: "A man awaits his end/Dreading and hoping all” ( William Butler Yeats).
- n. The ultimate extent; the very limit: the end of one's patience.
- n. Slang The very best; the ultimate: This pizza's the end.
- n. A remainder; a remnant.
- n. A share of a responsibility or obligation: your end of the bargain.
- n. A particular area of responsibility: in charge of the business end of the campaign.
- n. Football Either of the players in the outermost position on the line of scrimmage.
- n. Football The position played by such a player.
- v. To bring to a conclusion.
- v. To form the last or concluding part of: the song that ended the performance.
- v. To destroy: ended our hopes.
- v. To come to a finish; cease. See Synonyms at complete.
- v. To arrive at a place, situation, or condition as a result of a course of action. Often used with up: He ended up as an advisor to the president. The painting ended up being sold for a million dollars.
- v. To die.
- idiom. in the end Eventually; ultimately: All will turn out well in the end.
- idiom. no end A great deal: She had no end of stories to tell.
- idiom. on end Having one end down; upright: books placed on end on the shelf.
- idiom. on end Without stopping: drove for hours on end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the terminal points or parts of that which has length, or more length than breadth; the part which lies at one of the extremities of a line, or of whatever has longitudinal extension: as, the end of a house or of a table; the end of the street; each end of a chain or rope. Specifically— In coal-mining, the extremity of a working-place, stall, or breast.
- n. One of the extreme or furthermost parts of an extended surface; especially, the part or limit furthest away from the speaker, or from a customary point of view: as, the ends of the earth; the southern end of the Atlantic ocean; she is at the end of the garden.
- n. The point at which continuity or duration ceases or terminates; the close or termination of a series, or of whatever has continuity or duration; conclusion: the opposite of beginning: as, the end of time; the end of a controversy or of a book; the end of the year or of the season.
- n. Used absolutely, the close of life; death.
- n. A cause of death, destruction, or ruin: as, this cough will be the end of me.
- n. A remnant or portion left over; a fragment: as, candle-ends.
- n. That for which anything exists or is done; a result designed or intended; ultimate object or purpose: as, “the end justifies the means.”
- n. A necessary termination or consequence; an inevitable issue or conclusion; especially, in logic, a result toward which the action of anything tends, in such a manner that if its attainment in one way is prevented some other action tending to the same result will be set up, or so that there is some tendency to such substitution of one means for another.
- n. In archery, the number of arrows shot from one end of the range, before proceeding to shoot from the other.
- n. Nautical, entirely: said of running ropes, cables, etc., when entirely run out of the blocks or the hawsehole.
- n. In coal-mining, at right angles to the cleat, or most distinctly marked set of joint-planes: said of a mode of working a mass of coal: opposed to face on.
- n. Without end or limit; infinitely; extremely.
- n. Resting or standing on one end; upright: as, place the log on end.
- n. In immediate sequence or succession; continuously.
- n. To get the better part of; have the advantage in: as, to get the better end of a bargain.
- n. To bring about the end; effect the termination or conclusion: with of.
- n. Confess them … to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same.
- n. Book of Common Prayer, Exhortation to Confession of Sins.
- n. Synonyms See extremity.
- To bring to an end or a close; make an end of; terminate: as, to end a controversy; to end a war.
- Specifically To bring the life of to an end; kill; destroy; put to death.
- To furnish the end of, as for protection or embellishment: as, to end a cane with an iron ferrule.
- To set on end; set upright.
- To come to an end or a close; reach the ultimate or finishing point; terminate; conclude; cease: as, a voyage ends with the return of a ship.
- Specifically, to die.
- n. One length of a piece of woven woolen or cotton goods. In dyeing, ‘goods given four ends’ means that the piece is passed through the coloring-liquor four times.
- n. In mining, that one of two vertical sets of joints in coal which shows the rougher surface.
- n. The final point of something in space or time.
- n. Death.
- n. Result.
- n. A purpose, goal, or aim.
- n. cricket One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
- n. American football The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
- n. curling A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion.
- n. mathematics An ideal point of a graph or other complex.
- v. ergative To finish, terminate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The extreme or last point or part of any material thing considered lengthwise (the extremity of breadth being
side); hence, extremity, in general; the concluding part; termination; close; limit; ; -- opposed to beginning, when used of anything having a first part.
- n. Point beyond which no procession can be made; conclusion; issue; result, whether successful or otherwise; conclusive event; consequence.
- n. Termination of being; death; destruction; extermination; also, cause of death or destruction.
- n. The object aimed at in any effort considered as the close and effect of exertion; ppurpose; intention; aim.
- n. That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap.
- n. (Carpet Manuf.) One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
- v. To bring to an end or conclusion; to finish; to close; to terminate.
- v. To form or be at the end of.
- v. To destroy; to put to death.
- v. To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; to come to a close; to cease; to terminate
- v. put an end to
- n. a final part or section
- n. the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
- n. the point in time at which something ends
- n. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
- v. bring to an end or halt
- v. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
- v. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
- n. the part you are expected to play
- n. a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
- n. (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
- n. the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
- n. one of two places from which people are communicating to each other
- n. the last section of a communication
- n. either extremity of something that has length
- n. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage
- n. a boundary marking the extremities of something
- n. a final state
- From Middle English enden, endien, from Old English endian ("to end, to make an end of, complete, finish, abolish, destroy, come to an end, die"), from Proto-Germanic *andiōnan (“to finish, end”), from Proto-Indo-European *ant- (“forehead, end, limit”). Cognate with Dutch einden ("to end"), German enden ("to end"), Icelandic enda ("to end"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ende, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“All nature -- its most comprehensive cosmic realms as well as the realms of its smallest organisms -- together with the corporeal, psychical, and spiritual nature of man, shows a _harmony_, a _conformity to the end in view_, and a _striving toward an end_ of its development, the denial of which will certainly not add to the laurels which transmit the scientific fame of our present generation to posterity.”
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“From the foregoing, it may be seen that accurately to measure the temperature of the hot end of a thermo-couple, we _must know the temperature of the cold end_, as it is the _difference_ in the temperatures that determines the voltmeter readings.”
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“That end in which the will rests, willing it for itself without reference to anything beyond, is called the _last end_.”
“The floor of the kiln is first covered with bricks, placed on end, at a little distance from each other, so as to allow the fire to pass between them, and the tiles are placed _on end_ on these.”
“Assyria, the classic mythologies of graceful Greece and iron Rome, the monstrous shasters of thine Indian Pundits, or the more chaotic clouds of thy German philosophies -- in none of them wilt thou ever find this divine thought, _an end of destructions -- a perpetual end_.”
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