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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To bring to a conclusion.
  • transitive v. To form the last or concluding part of: the song that ended the performance.
  • transitive v. To destroy: ended our hopes.
  • intransitive v. To come to a finish; cease. See Synonyms at complete.
  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The final point of something in space or time.
  • n. Death.
  • n. Result.
  • n. A purpose, goal, or aim.
  • n. One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
  • n. The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
  • n. A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion.
  • n. An ideal point of a graph or other complex.
  • v. To finish, terminate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
  • transitive v. To bring to an end or conclusion; to finish; to close; to terminate.
  • transitive v. To form or be at the end of.
  • transitive v. To destroy; to put to death.
  • intransitive v. To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; to come to a close; to cease; to terminate

from The 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.
  • 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.
  • n. In mining, that one of two vertical sets of joints in coal which shows the rougher surface.

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

  • 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


Middle English ende, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ende, from Old English ende, from Proto-Germanic *andijaz (compare Dutch einde, German Ende, Swedish ände), from Proto-Indo-European *antios (compare Old Irish ét ("end, point"), Latin antiæ ("forelock"), Albanian anë ("side"), Ancient Greek ἀντίος (antios, "opposite"), Sanskrit antyas 'last'), from *h₂enti 'opposite'. More at anti. (Wiktionary)
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)



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