- ende (obsolete)
From Middle English ende, from Old English ende, from Proto-Germanic *andijaz (compare Dutch einde, German Ende, Norwegian ende, Swedish ände), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂entíos (compare Old Irish ét (“end, point”), Latin antiae (“forelock”), Albanian anë (“side”), Ancient Greek ἀντίος (antíos, “opposite”), Sanskrit अन्त्य (antya, “last”)), from *h₂entíos (“front, forehead”). More at and and anti-. The verb is from Middle English enden, endien, from Old English endian (“to end, to make an end of, complete, finish, abolish, destroy, come to an end, die”), from Proto-Germanic *andijōną (“to finish, end”), denominative from *andijaz.
end (plural ends)
- The terminal point of something in space or time.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
- At the end of the road, turn left.
- At the end of the story, the main characters fall in love.
- (by extension) The cessation of an effort, activity, state, or motion.
- Is there no end to this madness?
- (by extension) Death.
- He met a terrible end in the jungle.
- I hope the end comes quickly.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- Confound your hidden falsehood, and award / Either of you to be the other's end.
- 1732, Alexander Pope, (epitaph) On Mr. Gay, in Westminster Abbey:
- A safe companion and and easy friend / Unblamed through life, lamented in thy end.
- The most extreme point of an object, especially one that is longer than it is wide.
- Hold the string at both ends.
- My father always sat at the end of the table nearest the kitchen.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
- O that a man might know / The end of this day's business ere it come!
- A purpose, goal, or aim.
- 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection in the Formation of a Manly Character, Aphorism VI, page 146:
- When every man is his own end, all things will come to a bad end.
- 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.21:
- There is a long argument to prove that foreign conquest is not the end of the State, showing that many people took the imperialist view.
- (cricket) One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
- The Pavillion End
- (American football) The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
- 1925, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 884653065; republished New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953, →ISBN:
- Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven […] .
- (curling) A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion.
- (mathematics) An ideal point of a graph or other complex. See End (graph theory)
- That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- I clothe my naked villainy / With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ, / And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
- One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
- (in the plural, slang, African-American Vernacular) Money.
- Don't give them your ends. You jack that shit!
- Adjectives often used with "end": final, ultimate, deep, happy, etc.
- Audley End
- big end
- bitter end
- Bourne End
- Bridge End, Bridgend
- Cliffsend, Cliffs End
- Crouch End
- East End
- Elmers End
- Four Lane Ends
- Hatch End
- Hedge End
- Hundred End
- Knott End, Knott End-on-Sea
- Land's End
- Lane End
- living end
- loose end
- Mile End
- North End
- Park End, Parkend
- Ponders End
- Princes End
- rear end
- Rood End
- split end
- Streetly End
- The End
- tight end
- Town End, Townend
- West End
- world's end, World's End
- → Japanese: エンド
- (intransitive, ergative) to come to an end
- Is this movie never going to end?
- The lesson will end when the bell rings.
- (transitive) To finish, terminate.
- The referee blew the whistle to end the game.
- 1896, A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, XLV, lines 7-8:
- But play the man, stand up and end you, / When your sickness is your soul.
- 2013 November 9, “How to stop the fighting, sometimes”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8861:
- Ending civil wars is hard. Hatreds within countries often run far deeper than between them. The fighting rarely sticks to battlefields, as it can do between states. Civilians are rarely spared. And there are no borders to fall back behind.
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- than (in comparisons)
- Han er venligere end hende.
- He is friendlier than her.
- Han er venligere end hun er.
- He is friendlier than she is.
- still (archaic)
- Thi end bestandig gælder de gamle, gyldne ord.
- For the old, golden words are still continually valid.
- (with interrogatives) no matter, ever
- Hvor man end er, kan man føle sig alene.
- Wherever you are, you may feel alone.
- even (in the modern language only in the combination end ikke "not even")
- End ikke statsministeren kan nå alt.
- Not even the primeminister can get everything done.
- imperative of
- travel distance
- 1955, Remco Campert, “Vijfhonderd zilverlingen”, in Alle dagen feest, De Bezige Bij:
- De enige bij wie ik nog niet geweest ben, is Alain en die woont in het Quartier Latin en dat is een heel end weg.
- The only one I haven't visited yet is Alain as he lives in the Latin Quarter which is a long way off.
- a short length of something (such as a stick or a rope)
The form end is more informal than both einde and eind and is mainly used colloquially.
- Alternative form of
- Alternative form of
- imperative of