- a bound; limit.
- destination; goal.
- realm; domain.
Origin of bourn2
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Bourn, or bourne, is a poetical expression for bound or boundary.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
The blue flowers on the green, the lilacs in Widow Bourn's garden.The Debatable Land
Then there are two Hurstbourns, one above and one below this village of Bourn.
The little village of Bourn, therefore, takes its name from its situation.
Three sabbath-schools had been previously established by Mr. Bourn.
- a destination; goal
- a boundary
- mainly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areasCompare burn 2
Word Origin and History for bourn
also bourne, "small stream," especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, Old English brunna, burna "brook, stream," from Proto-Germanic *brunnoz "spring, fountain" (cf. Old High German brunno, Old Norse brunnr, Old Frisian burna, German Brunnen "fountain," Gothis brunna "well"), ultimately from PIE root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).
"destination," 1520s, from French borne, apparently a variant of bodne (see bound (n.)). Used by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from which it entered into English poetic speech. He meant it probably in the correct sense of "boundary," but it has been taken to mean "goal" (Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold) or sometimes "realm" (Keats).
The dread of something after death, The vndiscouered Countrey; from whose Borne No Traueller returnes. ["Hamlet" III.i.79]