Origin of ending
- either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
- the position played by this lineman.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of end1
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
Origin of end2
Examples from the Web for ending
And more than that—the world is ending because of the changes that many of us see as positive.
The blast was so strong,” he said, “we thought the world was ending.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why is the ‘Kroll Show’ ending its hilarious run after only three seasons?
Later, as I was writing the book, I discovered the power of another reason for ending my book, basically, in 1978.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were loud voices, including that of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), calling for ending the program entirely.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This the Mexican did, translating the Spanish paragraphs into English with fluent ease, ending by reading the list of witnesses.In the Shadow of the Hills|George C. Shedd
These were the inauspicious beginnings of the pursuit; and the middle part and the ending varied only in degree.Empire Builders|Francis Lynde
Ultimately the ending was accepted by the public as made necessary by the rest of the play.Dramatic Technique|George Pierce Baker
Once more the girls went over the familiar refrain, ending finally with the Meadow-Brook yell.The Meadow-Brook Girls Across Country|Janet Aldridge
At least she might show some spirit and not be like a wooden thing, ending her first talk with a lover with a laugh like that.Marching Men|Sherwood Anderson
- 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 US the best in quality
Word Origin for end
Word Origin for end
"a coming to an end," Old English endunge, verbal noun from end (v.).
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]
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