Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The place to which one is going or directed.
  • noun The ultimate purpose for which something is created or intended.
  • noun Archaic An act of appointing or setting aside for a specific purpose.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of destining or appointing; appointment; designation.
  • noun The purpose for which anything is intended or appointed; end or ultimate design; predetermined object or use: as, every animal is fitted for its destination.
  • noun The place to which a thing is appointed or directed; the predetermined end of a journey, voyage, or course of transmission; goal: as, the ship's destination was unknown; the destination of a letter or package.
  • noun In Scots law, a term, generally speaking, applied to the series of heirs called to the succession of heritable or movable property, by the provision of the law or title, or by the will of the proprietor: but usually applied in a more limited sense to a nomination of successors in a certain order, regulated by the will of the proprietor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of destining or appointing.
  • noun Purpose for which anything is destined; predetermined end, object, or use; ultimate design.
  • noun The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic The act of destining or appointing.
  • noun Purpose for which anything is destined; predetermined end, object, or use; ultimate design.
  • noun The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
  • noun written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location
  • noun the ultimate goal for which something is done

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin dēstinātiōnem, from dēstināre ("to destine").

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