1: 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"
2: the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period" [syn: ending] [ant: beginning, middle]
3: the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; "the end was exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie" [syn: last, final stage]
4: 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" [syn: goal]
5: 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" [ant: beginning, middle]
6: a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: destruction, death]
7: the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object; "one end of the box was marked `This side up'"
8: (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage; "the end managed to hold onto the pass"
9: 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"
10: a boundary marking the extremities of something; "the end of town"
11: the part you are expected to play; "he held up his end"
12: the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..." [syn: conclusion, close, closing, ending]
13: a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold [syn: remainder, remnant, oddment]
14: a position on the line of scrimmage; "no one wanted to play end"
1: 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" [syn: stop, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
2: 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 WWI" [syn: terminate] [ant: begin, get down]
3: be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; "This sad scene ended the movie" [syn: terminate]
4: put an end to; "The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"
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