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[gohl] /goʊl/

the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
the terminal point in a race.
a pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
an area, basket, cage, or other object or structure toward or into which players of various games attempt to throw, carry, kick, hit, or drive a ball, puck, etc., to score a point or points.
the act of throwing, carrying, kicking, driving, etc., a ball or puck into such an area or object.
the score made by this act.
the aim or object towards which an endeavour is directed
the terminal point of a journey or race
(in various sports) the net, basket, etc into or over which players try to propel the ball, puck, etc, to score

(in soccer, hockey, etc) the position of goalkeeper

1835, of journeys, etc., from goal + -less. By 1903 of sports matches where nobody scores. Related: Goallessly; goallessness.

1530s, “end point of a race,” of uncertain origin. The noun gol appears once before this, in a poem from early 14c. and with an apparent sense of “boundary, limit.” Perhaps from Old English *gal “obstacle, barrier,” a word implied by gælan “to hinder.” Or from Old French gaule “a pole,” from Germanic; or a figurative use of Middle English gale “a way, course.” Sports sense of “place where the ball is put to score” is attested from 1540s. Figurative sense of “object of an effort” is from 1540s.

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  • Goalmouth

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