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Meaning of BOURN

Pronunciation:  bowrn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an archaic term for a goal or destination
  2. [n]  an archaic term for a boundary

BOURN is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bourne, bourne
 See Also: bound, boundary, bounds, end, goal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bourn\, Bourne \Bourne\, n. [OE. burne, borne, AS. burna;
    akin to OS. brunno spring, G. born, brunnen, OHG. prunno,
    Goth. brunna, Icel. brunnr, and perh. to Gr. ?. The root is
    prob. that of burn, v., because the source of a stream seems
    to issue forth bubbling and boiling from the earth. Cf.
    {Torrent}, and see {Burn}, v.]
    A stream or rivulet; a burn.
          My little boat can safely pass this perilous bourn.
  2. \Bourn\, Bourne \Bourne\, n. [F. borne. See {Bound} a
    A bound; a boundary; a limit. Hence: Point aimed at; goal.
          Where the land slopes to its watery bourn. --Cowper.
          The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveler
          returns.                                 --Shak.
          Sole bourn, sole wish, sole object of my song.
          To make the doctrine . . . their intellectual bourne.
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