The end of something is its final point or farthest edge. After your cat unwinds a ball of yarn, you may find one end of it in your kitchen and the other end upstairs in the bathroom.

A piece of string has two ends, while stories, races, and years have just one end each. When you buy a length of fabric, the leftover bit is an end, and the final point of almost anything — a play or a marriage — is also an end. When you end something, you make it conclude. In football, an "end zone" is the far side of the field, and a "defensive end" is a player near the sideline.

Definitions of end
  1. noun
    either extremity of something that has length
    “the end of the pier”
    “she knotted the end of the thread”
    “they rode to the end of the line”
    synonyms: terminal
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    bitter end
    (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
    the upper end of a bitt
    the lower end of a ship's mast
    sharp end
    magnetic pole, pole
    one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
    the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway
    either end of a railroad or bus route
    either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
    nerve end, nerve ending
    the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse
    either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome
    one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
    end point, endpoint, termination, terminus
    a place where something ends or is complete
    destination, finish, goal
    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
    the extreme end of something, especially something pointed
    the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
    a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
    the pointed part of barbed wire
    point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
    diamond point
    a very hard small point made from a diamond
    negative magnetic pole, negative pole, south-seeking pole
    the pole of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is suspended freely
    nib, pen nib
    the writing point of a pen
    a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
    the sharp point of a pin
    north-seeking pole, positive magnetic pole, positive pole
    the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is suspended freely
    spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint
    the head and sharpened point of a spear
    each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
    free nerve ending
    microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
    Pacinian corpuscle
    a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
    special nerve endings in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body
    the end (tip) of a finger
    the tip of a toe
    finish line, finishing line
    a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
    a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
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    the outermost or farthest region or point
  2. noun
    a boundary marking the extremities of something
    “the end of town”
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    bound, boundary, bounds
    the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
  3. noun
    the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
    “one end of the box was marked `This side up'”
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    the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
  4. noun
    a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
    synonyms: oddment, remainder, remnant
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    fag end
    the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
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    piece of cloth, piece of material
    a separate part consisting of fabric
  5. noun
    one of two places from which people are communicating to each other
    “the phone rang at the other end
    “both ends wrote at the same time”
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    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  6. noun
    the part you are expected to play
    “he held up his end
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    contribution, part, share
    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
  7. noun
    the point in time at which something ends
    “the end of the year”
    synonyms: ending
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    beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
    the time at which something is supposed to begin
    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
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    death, last
    the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    death, demise, dying
    the time when something ends
    the end or completion of something
    the end of a calendar year
    close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point
    the temporal end; the concluding time
    (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
    fag end, tail, tail end
    the time of the last part of something
    last gasp
    the point of death or exhaustion or completion
    expiration, expiry, termination
    a coming to an end of a contract period
    limit, terminal point, terminus ad quem
    final or latest limiting point
    death of a person
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    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  8. noun
    the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
    “the end was exciting”
    synonyms: final stage, last
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    end game, endgame
    the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
    end game, endgame
    the final stages of an extended process of negotiation
    the end of an enterprise
    the end of something
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
  9. noun
    a final state
    “he came to a bad end
    “the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end
    synonyms: death, destruction
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  10. verb
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
    “My property ends by the bushes”
    “The symphony ends in a pianissimo”
    synonyms: cease, finish, stop, terminate
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    begin, start
    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    begin, start
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    have a beginning, of a temporal event
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    pass away
    go out of existence
    end, at least for a long time
    cut out
    cease operating
    go out
    become extinguished
    adjourn, break up, recess
    close at the end of a session
    disappear, vanish
    cease to exist
    climax, culminate
    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
    run out
    become used up; be exhausted
    go, run low, run short
    to be spent or finished
    disappear, go away, vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    close, conclude
    come to a close
    come out, turn out
    result or end
    come to or be at an end
    come to an end
    dematerialise, dematerialize
    become immaterial; disappear
    crown, top
    be the culminating event
    clear, dissipate
    go away or disappear
    bob under
    disappear suddenly, as if under the surface of a body of water
    come out in the end
    work out
    happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
    fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off
    end weakly
    leave off
    come to an end, stop or cease
    expire, run out
    lose validity
  11. verb
    bring to an end or halt
    “She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime”
    synonyms: terminate
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    begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    begin, commence, lead off, start
    set in motion, cause to start
    begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    have a beginning, of a temporal event
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    close out
    cause to finish a relationship with somebody
    terminate before completion
    bring to a head or to the highest point
    lift, raise
    put an end to
    ax, axe
    kill, stamp out
    end or extinguish by forceful means
    break up, dissolve
    come to an end
    break up, dissolve
    bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
    break, break off, discontinue, stop
    prevent completion
    break, interrupt
    crush out, extinguish, press out, stub out
    extinguish by crushing
    finalise, finalize, nail down, settle
    make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
    complete, finish
    come or bring to a finish or an end
    closure, cloture
    terminate debate by calling for a vote
    adjudicate, decide, dispose, resolve, settle
    bring to an end; settle conclusively
    bring to a close
    complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
    phase out
    terminate gradually
    finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
    become fractured
    finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
    hold on, stop
    stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
    break off, break short, cut short
    interrupt before its natural or planned end
    freeze, suspend
    stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
    bog, bog down
    get stuck while doing something
    top, top off
    finish up or conclude
    clear up, finish off, finish up, get through, mop up, polish off, wrap up
    finish a task completely
    see through
    remain with until completion
    finish out, round out
    fill out
    carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
    pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
    determine the result of (a competition)
    decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
    break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
    make a break in
    conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation
    accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
    put in effect
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  12. verb
    put an end to
    “The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived”
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  13. noun
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    “the ends justify the means”
    synonyms: goal
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    aim, object, objective, target
    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    bourn, bourne
    an archaic term for a goal or destination
    the ultimate goal
    destination, terminus
    the ultimate goal for which something is done
    a nonexistent goal
    aim, design, intent, intention, mission, purpose
    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
    the object of any prolonged endeavor
    idea, mind
    your intention; what you intend to do
    a contrary aim
    final cause
    (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
    an immediate objective
    the object of an activity
    a special objective
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  14. noun
    a final part or section
    “we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus”
    “Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end
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    the first part or section of something
    an intermediate part or section
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  15. noun
    the last section of a communication
    synonyms: close, closing, conclusion, ending
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    anticlimax, bathos
    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    afterword, epilog, epilogue
    a short section added at the end of a literary work
    epilog, epilogue
    a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
    (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
    coda, finale
    the closing section of a musical composition
    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  16. verb
    be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
    “This sad scene ended the movie”
    synonyms: terminate
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    cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  17. noun
    (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
    “the end managed to hold onto the pass”
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    split end
    (football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
    tight end
    (football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
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    one of the players on the line of scrimmage
  18. noun
    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage
    “no one wanted to play end
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    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
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