a bringing or coming to an end; termination; close: Putting away the Christmas ornaments marked the ending of the season.
the final or concluding part; conclusion: a story with a happy ending.
death; destruction.
Grammar. a morpheme, especially an inflection, at the end of a word, as -s in cuts.
(not in technical use) any final word part, as the -ow of widow.

Origin of ending

before 1000; Middle English endyng, Old English endung. See end1, -ing1
Related formsun·end·ing, adjectiveun·end·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unending

Contemporary Examples of unending

Historical Examples of unending

  • There was unending work, but no visible fruit, either for the cause or for myself.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • It crushed them with the weight of unending vastness and unalterable decree.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The stir of the life that was in him, the play of his muscles, was an unending happiness.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Presently he went into the dockshed on his unending quest of "the punch."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The procession was unending; more money was always required.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

British Dictionary definitions for unending



having or seeming to have no end; interminable



the act of bringing to or reaching an end
the last part of something, as a book, film, etc
the final part of a word, esp a suffix
chess another word for endgame
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Word Origin and History for unending

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of end.



"a coming to an end," Old English endunge, verbal noun from end (v.).

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