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Webster 1913 Edition


End

End

(ĕnd)
,
Noun.
[OE. & AS.
ende
; akin to OS.
endi
, D.
einde
,
eind
, OHG.
enti
, G.
ende
, Icel.
endir
,
endi
, Sw.
ände
, Dan.
ende
, Goth.
andeis
, Skr.
anta
. √208. Cf.
Ante-
,
Anti-
,
Answer
.]
1.
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;
as, the
end
of a field, line, pole, road; the
end
of a year, of a discourse; put an
end
to pain
; – opposed to
beginning
, when used of anything having a first part.
Better is the
end
of a thing than the beginning thereof.
Eccl. vii. 8.
2.
Point beyond which no procession can be made; conclusion; issue; result, whether successful or otherwise; conclusive event; consequence.
My guilt be on my head, and there an
end
.
Shakespeare
O that a man might know
The
end
of this day’s business ere it come!
Shakespeare
3.
Termination of being; death; destruction; extermination; also, cause of death or destruction.
Unblamed through life, lamented in thy
end
.
Pope.
Confound your hidden falsehood, and award
Either of you to be the other's
end
.
Shakespeare
I shall see an
end
of him.
Shakespeare
4.
The object aimed at in any effort considered as the close and effect of exertion; ppurpose; intention; aim;
as, to labor for private or public
ends
.
Losing her, the
end
of living lose.
Dryden.
When every man is his own
end
, all things will come to a bad end.
Coleridge.
5.
That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap;
as, odds and
ends
.
I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd
ends
stolen out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
Shakespeare
6.
(Carpet Manuf.)
One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
An end
.
(a)
On end; upright; erect; endways.
Spenser
(b)
To the end; continuously.
[Obs.]
Richardson.
End bulb
(Anat.)
,
one of the bulblike bodies in which some sensory nerve fibers end in certain parts of the skin and mucous membranes; – also called
end corpuscles
.
End fly
,
a bobfly.
End for end
,
one end for the other; in reversed order.
End man
,
the last man in a row; one of the two men at the extremities of a line of minstrels.
End on
(Naut.)
,
bow foremost.
End organ
(Anat.)
,
the structure in which a nerve fiber ends, either peripherally or centrally.
End plate
(Anat.)
,
one of the flat expansions in which motor nerve fibers terminate on muscular fibers.
End play
(Mach.)
,
movement endwise, or room for such movement.
End stone
(Horol.)
,
one of the two plates of a jewel in a timepiece; the part that limits the pivot's end play.
Ends of the earth
,
the remotest regions of the earth.
In the end
,
finally.
Shak.
On end
,
upright; erect.
To the end
,
in order.
Bacon.
To make both ends meet
,
to live within one's income.
Fuller.
To put an end to
,
to destroy.

End

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Ended
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Ending
.]
1.
To bring to an end or conclusion; to finish; to close; to terminate;
as, to
end
a speech
.
“I shall end this strife.”
Shak.
On the seventh day God
ended
his work.
Gen. ii. 2.
2.
To form or be at the end of;
as, the letter
k ends
the word
back
.
3.
To destroy; to put to death.
“This sword hath ended him.”
Shak.
To end up
,
to lift or tilt, so as to set on end; as, to end up a hogshead.

End

,
Verb.
I.
To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; to come to a close; to cease; to terminate;
as, a voyage
ends
; life
ends
; winter
ends
.

Webster 1828 Edition


End

END

,
Noun.
1.
The extreme point of a line, or of anything that has more length than breadth; as the end of a house; the end of a table; the end of a finger; the end of a chain or rope. When bodies or figures have equal dimensions, or equal length and breadth, the extremities are called sides.
2.
The extremity or last part, in general; the close or conclusion, applied to time.
At the end of two months, she returned. Judges 11.
3.
The conclusion or cessation of an action.
Of the increase of his government there shall be no end. Is.9.
4.
The close or conclusion; as the end of a chapter.
5.
Ultimate state or condition; final doom.
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace. Ps.37.
6.
The point beyond which no progression can be made.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end. Ps.107.
7.
Final determination; conclusion of debate or deliberation.
My guilt be on my head and there's an end!
8.
Close of life; death; decease.
Unblamed through life, lamented in thy end.
9.
Cessation; period; close of a particular state of things; as the end of the world.
10. Limit; termination.
There is no end of the store. Hahum 2.
11. Destruction. Amos 8.
The end of all flesh is come. Gen.6.
12. Cause of death; a destroyer.
And award
Either of you to be the other's end.
13. Consequence; issue; result; conclusive event; conclusion.
The end of these things is death. Rom.6.
14. A fragment or broken piece.
Old odd ends.
15. The ultimate point or thing at which one aims or directs his views; the object intended to be reached or accomplished by any action or scheme; purpose intended; scope; aim; drift; as private ends; public ends.
Two things I shall propound to you, as ends.
The end of the commandments is charity. l Tim.1.
A right to the end, implies a right to the means necessary for attaining it.
16. An end, for on end, upright; erect; as, his hair stands an end.
17. The ends of the earth, in scripture, are the remotest parts of the earth, or the inhabitants of those parts.

END

,
Verb.
T.
To finish; to close; to conclude; to terminate; as, to end a controversy; to end a war.
On the seventh day God ended his work. Gen.2.
1.
To destroy; to put to death.
King Harry, thy sword hath ended him.

END

,
Verb.
I.
To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; as, a voyage ends by the return of a ship.
1.
To terminate; to close; to conclude. The discourse ends with impressive words.
2.
To cease; to come to a close. Winter ends in March, and summer in September. A good like ends in peace.

Definition 2023


End

End

See also: end, -end, @end, and end-

English

Noun

End (plural Ends)

  1. A key that when pressed causes the cursor to go to the last character of the current line.

Antonyms

end

end

See also: End, -end, @end, and end-

English

Noun

end (plural ends)

  1. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) The final point of something in space or time.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      they followed him... into a sort of a central hall; out of which they could dimly see other long tunnel-like passages branching, passages mysterious and without apparent end.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
    At the end of the road, turn left.   At the end of the story, the main characters fall in love.
  2. The cessation of an effort, activity, state, or motion.
    Is there no end to this madness?
  3. Death, especially miserable.
    He met a terrible end in the jungle.
    I hope the end comes quickly.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      Confound your hidden falsehood, and award / Either of you to be the other's end.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope
      unblamed through life, lamented in thy end
  4. Result.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      O that a man might know / The end of this day's business ere it come!
  5. A purpose, goal, or aim.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      Losing her, the end of living lose.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Coleridge
      When every man is his own end, all things will come to a bad end.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.21:
      There is a long argument to prove that foreign conquest is not the end of the State, showing that many people took the imperialist view.
  6. (cricket) One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
    The Pavillion End
  7. (American football) The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
    • 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Penguin 2000, page 11:
      Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven [...].
  8. (curling) A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion.
  9. (mathematics) An ideal point of a graph or other complex.
  10. That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap.
    odds and ends
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ, / And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
  11. One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with "end": final, ultimate, deep, happy, etc.

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Translations

Verb

end (third-person singular simple present ends, present participle ending, simple past and past participle ended)

  1. (ergative) To finish, terminate.
    Is this movie never going to end?
    The lesson will end when the bell rings.
    The referee blew the whistle to end the game.
    • Bible, Genesis ii. 2
      On the seventh day God ended his work.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      I shall end this strife.
    • 1896, A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, XLV, lines 7-8:
      But play the man, stand up and end you
      When your sickness is your soul.
    • 2013 November 9, How to stop the fighting, sometimes”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8861:
      Ending civil wars is hard. Hatreds within countries often run far deeper than between them. The fighting rarely sticks to battlefields, as it can do between states. Civilians are rarely spared. And there are no borders to fall back behind.

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Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: hands · turned · taken · #240: end · rather · until · does

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Albanian

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *(h)aunt-, from Proto-Indo-European *h2eu- 'to plait, weave'[1].

Verb

end (first-person singular past tense enda, participle endur)

  1. to weave
Derived terms

Verb

end (first-person singular past tense endi, participle endur)

  1. to bloom
Related terms

References

  1. Albanische Etymologien (Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz), Bardhyl Demiraj, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 7; Amsterdam - Atlanta 1997, p.166

Danish

Etymology 1

From Old Norse enn, from Proto-Germanic *andi, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂entí.

Conjunction

end

  1. than (in comparisons)
    Han er venligere end hun.
    He is friendlier than she.

Etymology 2

Verb

end

  1. imperative of ende

Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

end

  1. imperative of ende

Norwegian Nynorsk

Verb

end

  1. imperative of enda and ende

Vilamovian

Pronunciation

Noun

end n

  1. end

Antonyms