end: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (end), [key]
— n.
  1. the last part or extremity, lengthwise, of anything that is longer than it is wide or broad: the end of a street; the end of a rope.
  2. a point, line, or limitation that indicates the full extent, degree, etc., of something; limit; bounds: kindness without end; to walk from end to end of a city.
  3. a part or place at or adjacent to an extremity: at the end of the table; the west end of town.
  4. the furthermost imaginable place or point: an island at the very end of the world.
  5. termination; conclusion: The journey was coming to an end.
  6. the concluding part: The end of her speech had to be cut short because of time.
  7. an intention or aim: to gain one's ends.
  8. the object for which a thing exists; purpose: The happiness of the people is the end of government.
  9. an outcome or result: What is to be the end of all this bickering?
  10. termination of existence; death: He met a horrible end.
  11. a cause of death, destruction, or ruin: Another war would be the end of civilization.
  12. a remnant or fragment: mill end; ends and trimmings.
  13. a share or part in something: He does his end of the job very well.
  14. a warp thread running vertically and interlaced with the filling yarn in the woven fabric.
    1. either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
    2. the position played by this lineman.
  15. the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
  16. a wicket, esp. the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
  17. a unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
  18. any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
  19. either half of a domino.
  20. the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
  21. without an occupation or plans; unsettled; uncertain: He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
  22. at the end of one's ideas or mental resources; perplexed: I'm at my wit's end with this problem.
  23. in reverse position; inverted: The cartons were turned end for end.
  24. with the end next to or facing: He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
  25. in a row with ends touching: The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
  26. to act in a reckless or agitated manner; lose emotional control: She went off the deep end when she lost her job.
  27. finally; after all: In the end they shook hands and made up.
  28. to perform one's part or share adequately: The work is demanding, but he's holding his end up.
  29. to conclude; stop: Let's make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
  30. to live within one's means: Despite her meager income, she tried to make ends meet.
  31. very much or many: They were pleased no end by the warm reception.
  32. to stand a box on end.
    1. having the end down; upright:to stand a box on end.
    2. continuously; successively:They talked for hours on end.
  33. to cause to stop; terminate; finish: The advent of sound in motion pictures put an end to many a silent star's career.
  34. the ultimate; the utmost of good or bad: His stupidity is the end.
  1. to bring to an end or conclusion: We ended the discussion on a note of optimism.
  2. to put an end to; terminate: This was the battle that ended the war.
  3. to form the end of: This passage ends the novel.
  4. to cause the demise of; kill: A bullet through the heart ended him.
  5. to constitute the most outstanding or greatest possible example or instance of (usually used in the infinitive): You just committed the blunder to end all blunders.
  1. to come to an end; terminate; cease: The road ends at Rome.
  2. to issue or result: Extravagance ends in want.
  3. to reach or arrive at a final condition, circumstance, or goal (often fol. by up): to end up in the army; to end as a happy person.
  1. final or ultimate: the end result.


Pronunciation: (end), [key]
— v.t. Brit. Dial.
  1. to put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbefore a vowel: endameba.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. endorsed.
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