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Meaning of end by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Middle English ende, from Old English ende, from Proto-Germanic *anđjaz ( 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 antíos 'opposite', Sanskrit antyas 'last' ), from *anti 'opposite'. More at anti .


    • enPR: ĕnd, IPA: /ɛnd/, SAMPA: /End/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnd


    end ( plural: ends )

    1. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) Extreme part .
    2. The final point of something in space or time .
      Is there no end to this madness?
    3. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) Extreme line .
    4. Death .
    5. Result .
    6. A purpose, goal, or aim .
      Certainly he could do so, but to what end?
      For some people, knowledge is a means to an end; for others, it is an end in itself .
    7. ( cricket ) One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
      • The Pavillion End
    8. ( US football ) The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end .
    9. ( curling ) A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion .
    10. ( mathematics ) An ideal point of a graph or other complex .
    Usage notes
    • Adjectives often used with "end": final, ultimate, deep, happy, etc .
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    Etymology 2

    Old English endian


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

    1. ( intransitive ): To finish, terminate .
      Is this movie ever going to end?
    2. ( transitive ): To finish, terminate ( something or someone ).
    Derived terms


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    • Den, den, DNE, NDE, NED, Ned, ned


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/12 23:52 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    • -and



    1. A suffix forming nouns denoting patients or recipients of actions, such as addend, subtrahend, and dividend .



    Derived terms

    [+] English words suffixed with -end

    Alternative forms

    • -and, -nd


    Taken from the present participle form of verbs. More at -ende



    1. suffix donoting the agent of an action
      frēond "friend" ( originally, "one who loves", "lover" ); fēond ( “fiend, one who hates” )
      berend ( “bearer, carrier” )
      berēafigend ( “despoiler, robber” )
      costiġend ( “tempter” )



    By Wiktionary ( 2011/07/11 19:48 UTC Version )


    From the Ancient Greek ἔνδον ( endon, “within” ) .


    • ( RP ) enPR: ĕnd—, IPA: /ɛnd—/, SAMPA: /End—/



    1. internal, within, inside

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    • ( Grecian ):
      • ent-
      • entosth- ( loosely, rare )
      • eso-
    • ( Latinate ):


    • ect-, ecto-, ex-, exo-, exter-, extra-, extro-, ( rare ) foris-, out-, ( loosely ) preter-

    See also

    • “endo-, prefix” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

Explanation of end by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. bring to an end or halt

    2. She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime
    3. put an end to

    4. The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived
    5. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense

    6. My property ends by the bushes
      The symphony ends in a pianissimo
    7. be the end of

    8. This sad scene ended the movie
    1. a position on the line of scrimmage

    2. no one wanted to play end
    3. the part you are expected to play

    4. he held up his end
    5. a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold

    6. a final part or section

    7. we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus
      Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end
    8. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that ( when achieved ) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

    9. the ends justify the means
    10. the last section of a communication

    11. the concluding parts of an event or occurrence

    12. the end was exciting
    13. a boundary marking the extremities of something

    14. the end of town
    15. either extremity of something that has length

    16. the end of the pier
      she knotted the end of the thread
      they rode to the end of the line
    17. the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object

    18. one end of the box was marked `This side up'
    19. one of two places from which people are communicating to each other

    20. the phone rang at the other end
      both ends wrote at the same time
    21. the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage

    22. the end managed to hold onto the pass
    23. a final state

    24. he came to a bad end
      the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end
    25. the point in time at which something ends

    26. the end of the year
      the ending of warranty period

    Definition of end by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. End ( ĕnd ), n. [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. Shak.

      O that a man might know

      The end of this day's business ere it come! Shak.

      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. Shak.

      I shall see an end of him. Shak.

      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. Shak.

      6. ( Carpet Manuf. ) One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.

      An end. On end; upright; erect; endways. Spenser 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.

    2. End v. 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.

    3. End, v. 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.”