bourne (countable and uncountable, plural bournes)
- (countable, archaic) A boundary.
c. 1599–1602, Shakespeare, William, Hamlet, act 3, scene 1:
But that the dread of something after death, / The undiscover'd country from whose bourn[e] / No traveller returns
1889, Tennyson, Alfred, Crossing the Bar:
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
- (archaic) A goal or destination.
- (countable) A stream or brook in which water flows only seasonally.
- (seasonal stream): bourn (“small stream”), burn (“stream”)