World English Dictionary
end1 (ɛnd)
1.  the extremity of the length of something, such as a road, line, etc
2.  the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
3.  the extreme extent, limit, or degree of something
4.  the most distant place or time that can be imagined: the ends of the earth
5.  the time at which something is concluded
6.  a.  the last section or part
 b.  (as modifier): the end office Related: final, terminal, ultimate
7.  a share or part: his end of the bargain
8.  (often plural) a remnant or fragment (esp in the phrase odds and ends)
9.  a final state, esp death; destruction
10.  the purpose of an action or existence
11.  sport either of the two defended areas of a playing field, rink, etc
12.  bowls, curling a section of play from one side of the rink to the other
13.  American football a player at the extremity of the playing line; wing
14.  all ends up totally or completely
15.  informal (US), (Canadian) a sticky end an unpleasant death
16.  at a loose end, at loose ends without purpose or occupation
17.  at an end exhausted or completed
18.  at the end of the day See day
19.  come to an end to become completed or exhausted
20.  end on
 a.  with the end pointing towards one
 b.  with the end adjacent to the end of another object
21.  informal go off the deep end to lose one's temper; react angrily
22.  slang get one's end away to have sexual intercourse
23.  in the end finally
24.  keep one's end up
 a.  to sustain one's part in a joint enterprise
 b.  to hold one's own in an argument, contest, etc
25.  make ends meet, make both ends meet to spend no more than the money one has
26.  informal no end, no end of (intensifier): I had no end of work
27.  on end
 a.  upright
 b.  without pause or interruption
28.  informal the end
 a.  the worst, esp something that goes beyond the limits of endurance
 b.  chiefly (US) the best in quality
29.  the end of the road the point beyond which survival or continuation is impossible
30.  throw someone in at the deep end to put someone into a new situation, job, etc, without preparation or introduction
31.  to bring or come to a finish; conclude
32.  to die or cause to die
33.  (tr) to surpass; outdo: a novel to end all novels
34.  informal end it all to commit suicide
Related: final, terminal, ultimate
[Old English ende; related to Old Norse endir, Gothic andeis, Old High German endi, Latin antiae forelocks, Sanskrit antya last]

World English Dictionary
end2 (ɛnd)
(Brit) (tr) to put (hay or grain) into a barn or stack
[Old English innian; related to Old High German innōn; see inn]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ende, from P.Gmc. *andja (cf. O.Fris. enda, O.N. endir, O.H.G. enti), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo "end, boundary," from base anta-/*anti- "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 O.E. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in O.E. The verb is from O.E. endian. 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 fig. sense is from 1968. End time in ref. to the end of the world is from 1917. 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." [1662]
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Bible Dictionary

End definition

in Heb. 13:7, is the rendering of the unusual Greek word _ekbasin_, meaning "outcome", i.e., death. It occurs only elsewhere in 1 Cor. 10:13, where it is rendered "escape."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases

on end

Continuously, without interruption, as in It's been raining for days on end. This term, which might just as well be put "seemingly without end," dates from about 1300.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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