Bourn
Bourn Bourn, Bourne Bourne, n. [F. borne. See {Bound} a limit.] A bound; a boundary; a limit. Hence: Point aimed at; goal. [1913 Webster]

Where the land slopes to its watery bourn. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveler returns. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Sole bourn, sole wish, sole object of my song. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

To make the doctrine . . . their intellectual bourne. --Tyndall. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bourn — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bourn — index destination, end (intent), outline (boundary) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bourn — bourn1 or bourne [bôrn, boorn] n. [ME burne < OE burna, metathetic for brunna; akin to Ger brunnen, a spring: see BURN1] a brook or stream bourn2 or bourne [bôrn, boorn] n. [Fr borne < OFr bunne: see BOUND4] Archaic …   English World dictionary

  • Bourn — infobox UK place country = England latitude= 52.19 longitude= 0.061 official name= Bourn population = 1,764 (2001) shire district= South Cambridgeshire shire county = Cambridgeshire region= East of England constituency westminster= post town=… …   Wikipedia

  • Bourn — Der Name Bourn bezeichnet: Augustus O. Bourn (1834–1925), einen US amerikanischen Politiker Bourn (Cambridgeshire), einen Ort in England Siehe auch: Bourne Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bourn — {{11}}bourn (1) also bourne, small stream, especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, O.E. brunna, burna brook, stream, from P.Gmc. *brunnoz spring, fountain (Cf. O.H.G. brunno, O.N. brunnr, O.Fris. burna, Ger. Brunnen fountain, Goth.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • bourn — I or bourne [[t]bɔrn, boʊrn[/t]] n. scot. a brook • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; see burn I II bourn [[t]bɔrn, boʊrn, bʊərn[/t]] n. archaic 1) a bound; limit 2) destination; goal 3) realm; domain • Etymology: 1515–25; earlier borne < MF, OF …   From formal English to slang

  • bourn — or bourne noun Etymology: Middle English burn, bourne more at burn Date: 12th century stream, brook …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bourn — a stream, brook or rivulet in southern England (Saxon) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bourn — bourn1 /bawrn, bohrn/, n. Scot. and North Eng. burn2. Also, bourne. bourn2 bournless, adj. /bawrn, bohrn, boorn/, n. Archaic. 1. a bound; limit. 2. destination; goal. 3. realm; domain. [1515 25; earl …   Universalium

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