on end: We set the table endways in order to fix the legs.
with the end upward or forward.
toward the ends or end; lengthwise.
with ends touching; end to end.

Also end·wise [end-wahyz] /ˈɛndˌwaɪz/.

Origin of endways

First recorded in 1565–75; end1 + -ways
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Examples from the Web for endways

Historical Examples of endways

  • If you touched them you'd get a shock that would knock you endways.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton

  • Harry helped himself to one, and without much thinking what he was doing, put it endways into his mouth, and took a bite.

  • Two screws at n secure the dies in their cases and a screw m adjusts them endways so as to set them forward when recutting them.

  • A slovenly method of rolling up a hammock transversely, and lashing it endways by one clue.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Things have been going from bad to worse with our four poor gods, but what has principally knocked them endways is machinery.

    The Harlequinade

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

British Dictionary definitions for endways


esp US and Canadian endwise (ˈɛndˌwaɪz)


having the end forwards or upwards


vertical or upright
standing or lying end to end
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