[en-ding] /ˈɛn dɪŋ/
a bringing or coming to an ; termination; close:
Putting away the Christmas ornaments marked the ending of the season.
the final or concluding part; conclusion:
a story with a happy ending.
Grammar. a morpheme, especially an inflection, at the of a word, as -s in cuts.
(not in technical use) any final word part, as the -ow of widow.
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.
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.
Textiles. a warp thread running vertically and interlaced with the filling yarn in the woven fabric.
Archery. the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
Cricket. a wicket, especially the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
a unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
Kantianism. any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
either half of a domino.
Knots. the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
the end, Slang. the ultimate; the utmost of good or bad:
His stupidity is the end.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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 followed by up):
to end up in the army; to end as a happy person.
final or ultimate:
the end result.
at loose ends, without an occupation or plans; unsettled; uncertain:
He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
at one’s wit’s end, at the end of one’s ideas or mental resources; perplexed:
I’m at my wit’s end with this problem.
Also, at one’s wits’ end.
end for end, in reverse position; inverted:
The cartons were turned end for end.
end on, with the end next to or facing:
He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
end to end, in a row with ends touching:
The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
go off the deep end, Informal. to act in a reckless or agitated manner; lose emotional control:
She went off the deep end when she lost her job.
in the end, finally; after all:
In the end they shook hands and made up.
keep / hold one’s end up, to perform one’s part or share adequately:
The work is demanding, but he’s holding his end up.
make an end of, to conclude; stop:
Let’s make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
make ends meet, to live within one’s means:
Despite her meager income, she tried to make ends meet.
Also, make both ends meet.
no end, Informal. very much or many:
They were pleased no end by the warm reception.
put an end to, to cause to stop; terminate; finish:
The advent of sound in motion pictures put an end to many a silent star’s career.
verb (used with object), British Dialect.
to put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.
the act of bringing to or reaching an end
the last part of something, as a book, film, etc
the final part of a word, esp a suffix
(chess) another word for endgame
the extremity of the length of something, such as a road, line, etc
the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
the extreme extent, limit, or degree of something
the most distant place or time that can be imagined: the ends of the earth
the time at which something is concluded
a share or part: his end of the bargain
(often pl) a remnant or fragment (esp in the phrase odds and ends)
a final state, esp death; destruction
the purpose of an action or existence
(sport) either of the two defended areas of a playing field, rink, etc
(bowls, curling) a section of play from one side of the rink to the other
(American football) a player at the extremity of the playing line; wing
all ends up, totally or completely
(informal, US & Canadian) a sticky end, an unpleasant death
at a loose end, (US & Canadian) at loose ends, without purpose or occupation
at an end, exhausted or completed
at the end of the day, See day (sense 10)
come to an end, to become completed or exhausted
(informal) go off the deep end, to lose one’s temper; react angrily
(slang) get one’s end away, to have sexual intercourse
in the end, finally
keep one’s end up
make ends meet, make both ends meet, to spend no more than the money one has
(informal) no end, no end of, (intensifier): I had no end of work
(informal) the end
the end of the road, the point beyond which survival or continuation is impossible
throw someone in at the deep end, to put someone into a new situation, job, etc, without preparation or introduction
to bring or come to a finish; conclude
to die or cause to die
(transitive) to surpass; outdo: a novel to end all novels
(informal) end it all, to commit suicide
(transitive) (Brit) to put (hay or grain) into a barn or stack
“a coming to an end,” Old English endunge, verbal noun from end (v.).
Old English ende “end, conclusion, boundary, district, species, class,” from Proto-Germanic *andja (cf. Old Frisian enda, Old Dutch ende, Dutch einde, Old Norse endir “end;” Old High German enti “top, forehead, end,” German ende, Gothic andeis “end”), originally “the opposite side,” from PIE *antjo “end, boundary,” from root *ant- “opposite, in front of, before” (see ante).
Original sense of “outermost part” is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth. Sense of “destruction, death” was in Old English. Meaning “division or quarter of a town” was in Old English. The end “the last straw, the limit” (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929.
The phrase end run is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general figurative sense is from 1968. End time in reference to the end of the world is from 1917. To end it all “commit suicide” is attested by 1911. Be-all and end-all is from Shakespeare (“Macbeth” I.vii.5).
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet. [Thomas Fuller, “The History of the Worthies of England,” 1662]
Old English endian, from the source of end (n.). Related: Ended; ending.
go off the deep end, hind end, jump off the deep end, the living end, rear end, short end of the stick
in Heb. 13:7, is the rendering of the unusual Greek word _ekbasin_, meaning “outcome”, i.e., death. It occurs only elsewhere in 1 Cor. 10:13, where it is rendered “escape.”
- End in itself
A purpose or goal desired for its own sake (rather than to attain something else). For example, For me, writing books is an end in itself; they don’t really make that much money. This expression employs the noun end in the sense of “final cause or purpose,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.
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