- a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
- one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else: two events that served as bookends to my career.
- to occur or be located at the beginning and end of: His term in office was bookended by crises.
Origin of bookend
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Examples from the Web for bookend
These weeks, and especially fast days that bookend them, are about remembering the experience of loss.Why Firing Zone 918 is Relevant Today
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Farm kids are educated early about the events that bookend life.‘Luck’ Runs Out: If Horses Die While Cameras Roll, You Must Quit
March 16, 2012
And it became a sort of bookend to my first experience with him.Nathan Lane's Final Musical?
April 8, 2010
But 9/11 has defined our stubbornly nameless decade, along with the bookend election of Barack Obama.Bush Wrecked 9/11
September 10, 2009
These bookend moments unexpectedly gave me the code to the deeper source of my grief over the death of Olivia Cull.The Girl I Will Miss at Commencement
May 22, 2009
Before I could follow, Nan had dropped the bookend and flung herself into my arms.The Scapegoat