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(1)   A position on the line of scrimmage
"No one wanted to play end"
(2)   The part you are expected to play
"He held up his end"
(3)   A piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
(4)   A final part or section
"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"
(5)   The state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
"The ends justify the means"
(6)   The last section of a communication
"In conclusion I want to say..."
(7)   The concluding parts of an event or occurrence
"The end was exciting"
"I had to miss the last of the movie"
(8)   A boundary marking the extremities of something
"The end of town"
(9)   Either extremity of something that has length
"The end of the pier"
"She knotted the end of the thread"
"They rode to the end of the line"
(10)   The surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
"One end of the box was marked `This side up'"
(11)   One of two places from which people are communicating to each other
"The phone rang at the other end"
"Both ends wrote at the same time"
(12)   (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
"The end managed to hold onto the pass"
(13)   A final state
"He came to a bad end"
"The so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
(14)   The point in time at which something ends
"The end of the year"
"The ending of warranty period"


(15)   Bring to an end or halt
"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"
"The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"
(16)   Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
"The bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"
"Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"
"My property ends by the bushes"
"The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
(17)   Be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
"This sad scene ended the movie"

Etymology 1

, from , from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish .


  1. Extreme part.
  2. Final point.
    • 1908: Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      they followed him... into a sort of a central hall; out of which they could dimly see other long tunnel-like passages branching, passages mysterious and without apparent end.
  3. 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. One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
    • The Pavillion End
  8. The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
  9. A period of play in which each team throws 8 rocks, 2 per player, in alternating fashion.


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