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English Dictionary: bourn by the DICT Development Group
3 results for bourn
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an archaic term for a boundary
    Synonym(s): bourn, bourne
  2. an archaic term for a goal or destination
    Synonym(s): bourn, bourne
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bourn \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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