- either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
- the position played by this lineman.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- having the end down; upright: to stand a box on end.
- continuously; successively: They talked for hours on end.
Origin of end1
Synonyms for end
- the last section or part
- (as modifier)the end office Related adjectives: final, terminal, ultimate
- with the end pointing towards one
- with the end adjacent to the end of another object
- to sustain one's part in a joint enterprise
- to hold one's own in an argument, contest, etc
- without pause or interruption
- the worst, esp something that goes beyond the limits of endurance
- mainly USthe best in quality
Word Origin for end
Word Origin for end
Old English ende "end, conclusion, boundary, district, species, class," from Proto-Germanic *andja (cf. Old Frisian enda, Old Dutch ende, Dutch einde, Old Norse endir "end;" Old High German enti "top, forehead, end," German ende, Gothic andeis "end"), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo "end, boundary," from root *ant- "opposite, in front of, before" (see ante).
Original sense of "outermost part" is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth. Sense of "destruction, death" was in Old English. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in Old English. The end "the last straw, the limit" (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929.
The phrase end run is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general figurative sense is from 1968. End time in reference to the end of the world is from 1917. To end it all "commit suicide" is attested by 1911. Be-all and end-all is from Shakespeare ("Macbeth" I.vii.5).
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet. [Thomas Fuller, "The History of the Worthies of England," 1662]
Arrive at, result in, finish. For example, He thought he'd end up living in the city, or We don't know how Nancy will end up. [First half of 1900s] Also see wind up.
In addition to the idioms beginning with end
- end game
- end in itself
- end justifies the means, the
- end of one's rope, at the
- end of the line
- end run
- ends of the earth, the
- end to end
- end up
- all's well that ends well
- at loose ends
- at one's wit's end
- be-all and end-all
- beginning of the end
- bitter end
- burn the candle at both ends
- can't see beyond the end of one's nose
- come to an end
- dead end
- go off the deep end
- hair stand on end
- hold one's end up
- in the end
- light at the end of the tunnel
- make ends meet
- never hear the end of
- odds and ends
- on end
- on the receiving end
- play both ends against the middle
- put an end to
- rear end
- short end (of the stick)
- tail end
- wrong end of the stick