end: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (end), [key]
- 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.
- 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.
- a part or place at or adjacent to an extremity: at the end of the table; the west end of town.
- the furthermost imaginable place or point: an island at the very end of the world.
- termination; conclusion: The journey was coming to an end.
- the concluding part: The end of her speech had to be cut short because of time.
- an intention or aim: to gain one's ends.
- the object for which a thing exists; purpose: The happiness of the people is the end of government.
- an outcome or result: What is to be the end of all this bickering?
- termination of existence; death: He met a horrible end.
- a cause of death, destruction, or ruin: Another war would be the end of civilization.
- a remnant or fragment: mill end; ends and trimmings.
- a share or part in something: He does his end of the job very well.
- a warp thread running vertically and interlaced with the filling yarn in the woven fabric.
- either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
- the position played by this lineman.
- the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
- a wicket, esp. the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
- a unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
- any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
- either half of a domino.
- the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
- without an occupation or plans; unsettled; uncertain: He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
- at the end of one's ideas or mental resources; perplexed: I'm at my wit's end with this problem.
- in reverse position; inverted: The cartons were turned end for end.
- with the end next to or facing: He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
- in a row with ends touching: The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
- to act in a reckless or agitated manner; lose emotional control: She went off the deep end when she lost her job.
- finally; after all: In the end they shook hands and made up.
- to perform one's part or share adequately: The work is demanding, but he's holding his end up.
- to conclude; stop: Let's make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
- to live within one's means: Despite her meager income, she tried to make ends meet.
- very much or many: They were pleased no end by the warm reception.
- to stand a box on end.
- having the end down; upright:to stand a box on end.
- continuously; successively:They talked for hours on end.
- to cause to stop; terminate; finish: The advent of sound in motion pictures put an end to many a silent star's career.
- the ultimate; the utmost of good or bad: His stupidity is the end.
- to bring to an end or conclusion: We ended the discussion on a note of optimism.
- to put an end to; terminate: This was the battle that ended the war.
- to form the end of: This passage ends the novel.
- to cause the demise of; kill: A bullet through the heart ended him.
- 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.
- to come to an end; terminate; cease: The road ends at Rome.
- to issue or result: Extravagance ends in want.
- 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.
- final or ultimate: the end result.
Pronunciation: (end), [key]
— v.t. Brit. Dial.
- to put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.
- var. ofbefore a vowel: endameba.
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