- the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
- the terminal point in a race.
- a pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
- an area, basket, cage, or other object or structure toward or into which players of various games attempt to throw, carry, kick, hit, or drive a ball, puck, etc., to score a point or points.
- the act of throwing, carrying, kicking, driving, etc., a ball or puck into such an area or object.
- the score made by this act.
Origin of goal
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Examples from the Web for goal
So however detailed the statistics of the battlefield are, they cannot achieve the goal.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
His goal: to make the perfect (and absolutely comfortable) high-heel, with the help from Nike CEO Mark Parker.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015
December 27, 2014
His goal of coming across as humble subtracts from his ability to share just exactly how he became so great at such a young age.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
For a race which has the infinite as its goal the word must be on and on.The Conquest of Fear
He was more than usually polite to the major: he was in the army, the goal of his aspiration!Weighed and Wanting
So it was all the way, and he gave a glad shout as he touched the goal post.
Now they were near the goal, and Leotichides was still leading by a stride.
Yet he had not arrived, and John was at the goal before him.Tiverton Tales
- the aim or object towards which an endeavour is directed
- the terminal point of a journey or race
- (in various sports) the net, basket, etc into or over which players try to propel the ball, puck, etc, to score
- a successful attempt at scoring
- the score so made
- (in soccer, hockey, etc) the position of goalkeeper
Word Origin and History for goal
1530s, "end point of a race," of uncertain origin. The noun gol appears once before this, in a poem from early 14c. and with an apparent sense of "boundary, limit." Perhaps from Old English *gal "obstacle, barrier," a word implied by gælan "to hinder." Or from Old French gaule "a pole," from Germanic; or a figurative use of Middle English gale "a way, course." Sports sense of "place where the ball is put to score" is attested from 1540s. Figurative sense of "object of an effort" is from 1540s.