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bourn 1

also bourne  (bôrn, bo͝orn)
A small stream; a brook.

[Middle English, from Old English burna; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

bourn 2

also bourne  (bôrn, bo͝orn)
n. Archaic
1. A destination; a goal.
2. A boundary; a limit.

[French bourne, from French dialectal bosne, borne, from Old French bodne, limit, boundary marker, from Medieval Latin bodina, perhaps of Celtic origin.]


(bɔːn) or


1. a destination; goal
2. a boundary
[C16: from Old French borne; see bound3]


(Physical Geography) chiefly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areas. Compare burn2
[C16: from Old French bodne limit; see bound3]


or bourne

(bɔrn, boʊrn)
a brook.
[before 900; Middle English; see burn1]


(bɔrn, boʊrn, bʊərn)

n. Archaic.
1. a bound; limit.
2. destination; goal.
3. realm; domain.
[1515–25; earlier borne < Middle French, Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bourn - an archaic term for a boundarybourn - an archaic term for a boundary  
boundary, bounds, bound - the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
2.bourn - an archaic term for a goal or destination
goal, end - 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"
References in classic literature ?
That undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns.
Bourn received a one-year qualifying offer from the Braves for $13.
In late 2010, TVM Capital MENA announced its investment in Bourn Hall International, with the objective of bringing the world class In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) concept to the MENA and India.
And with his mum Beryl frantically trying to save him, Mr Venus was pinned down by Gibson while Bourn wielded the brick to rain blows on his head.
Mr Bourn was working as a volunteer at city arts centre, Liverpool Lighthouse when he fell up to 100ft on February 12.
Bourn has appeared in parts of four seasons with Philadelphia (2006-07) and Houston (2008-09) and owns a career .
He has made at least 43 trips and his wife Lady Bourn was on 22 of them.
He has made at least 43 visits, with his wife, Lady Bourn, accompanying him on 22 of them.
Michael Bourn homered twice and three teammates also hit homers to lead the United States to an 8-5 win over Cuba on Tuesday night in the gold-medal game of a qualifying tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Havana.
Bourn said failures had caused "genuine hardship and distress to may parents and their children".
Bourn & Koch was edged out of that bankruptcy sale at the last minute by Park Corp.