- Goal Goal, n. [F. gaule pole, Prov. F. waule, of German
origin; cf. Fries. walu staff, stick, rod, Goth. walus, Icel.
v["o]lr a round stick; prob. akin to E. wale.]
1. The mark set to bound a race, and to or around which the
constestants run, or from which they start to return to it
again; the place at which a race or a journey is to end.
Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal With rapid wheels. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
2. The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain. [1913 Webster]
3. A base, station, or bound used in various games as the point or object which a team must reach in order to score points; in certain games, the point which the ball or puck must pass in order for points to be scored. In football, it is a line between two posts across which the ball must pass in order to score points; in soccer or ice hockey, it is a net at each end of the soccer field into which the soccer ball or hocjey puck must be propelled; in basketball, it is the basket suspended from the backboard, through which the basketball must pass. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.