- 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 goals
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
By setting no goals, the player must find their own purpose.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
As the year draws to a close, these goals remain unfulfilled and the news from CAR continues to be harrowing.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
The legal jungle must be bulldozed, and replaced by radically simpler framework of goals and principles.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The White House argues that most of the mechanisms already are in place to ensure these goals are carried out.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment
November 12, 2014
Outlawry, piracy, smugglery, were all goals too small for such operations.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
These goals cannot be obtained on any basis other than the welfare of the workers.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
They sullenly turned on their heels and walked behind the goals.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth
Talbot Baines Reed
No doubt, their greatest fault had been to set their goals too high.The Virginia Company Of London, 1606-1624
Wesley Frank Craven
"But two goals to nothing is a halter-long lead," said Kittiwynk, prancing.The Day's Work, Volume 1
- 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 goals
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.