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.
Textilesa 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.
Sport[Archery.]the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
Sport[Cricket.]a wicket, esp. the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
Sporta unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
Philosophy[Kantianism.]any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
Gameseither half of a domino.
[Knots.]the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
Idiomsat loose ends, without an occupation or plans; unsettled; uncertain:He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
Idiomsat 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.
Idiomsend for end, in reverse position; inverted:The cartons were turned end for end.
Idiomsend on, with the end next to or facing:He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
Idiomsend to end, in a row with ends touching:The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
Idiomsgo 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.
Idiomsin the end, finally; after all:In the end they shook hands and made up.
Idiomskeep or hold one's end up, to perform one's part or share adequately:The work is demanding, but he's holding his end up.
Idiomsmake an end of, to conclude; stop:Let's make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
Idiomsmake 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.
having the end down; upright:to stand a box on end.
continuously; successively:They talked for hours on end.
Idiomsput 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.
the end,[Slang.]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.
Gmc *anthjá-; akin to Sanskrit ánta- end
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English ende; cognate with Old Frisian enda, Middle Dutch e(i)nde, Old Saxon endi, Old High German anti,German Ende, Old Norse endi(r), Gothic andeis end
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tip, bound, limit, terminus.
5.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedEnd,close,conclusion,finish,outcome refer to the termination of something. End implies a natural termination or completion, or an attainment of purpose:the end of a day, of a race; to some good end.Close often implies a planned rounding off of something in process:the close of a conference.Conclusion suggests a decision or arrangement:All evidence leads to this conclusion; the conclusion of peace terms.Finish emphasizes completion of something begun:a fight to the finish.Outcome suggests the issue of something that was in doubt:the outcome of a game.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See aim.
end2(end),USA pronunciationv.t.[Brit. Dial.]
British Termsto put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.
perh. variant of dialect, dialectal in to harvest (Old English innian to lodge, put up). See inn 1600–10