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goal

 (gōl)
n.
1. The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end. See Synonyms at intention.
2. Sports
a. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
b. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.
c. The score awarded for such an act.
d. The finish line of a race.
3. Linguistics
a. A noun or noun phrase referring to the place to which something moves.
b. See patient.

[Middle English gol, boundary, possibly from Old English *gāl, barrier.]

goal

(ɡəʊl)
n
1. the aim or object towards which an endeavour is directed
2. the terminal point of a journey or race
3. (Team Sports, other than specified) (in various sports) the net, basket, etc, into or over which players try to propel the ball, puck, etc, to score
4. (Team Sports, other than specified) sport
a. a successful attempt at scoring
b. the score so made
5. (Team Sports, other than specified) (in soccer, hockey, etc) the position of goalkeeper
[C16: perhaps related to Middle English gol boundary, Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede]
ˈgoalless adj

goal

(goʊl)

n.
1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
2. the terminal point in a race.
3. a pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
4. an area or point toward or into which players of various games attempt to propel a ball or puck to score points.
5. the act of propelling a ball or puck toward or into such an area or object.
6. the score made by achieving this.
[1275–1325; Middle English gol boundary, limit; compare Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede]

goal

Scored when the ball is kicked over the crossbar.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goal - 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"
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something
objective, aim, object, target - the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
bourn, bourne - an archaic term for a goal or destination
end-all - the ultimate goal; "human beings are not the end-all of evolution"
destination, terminus - the ultimate goal for which something is done
no-goal - a nonexistent goal; "he lived without a reason progressing toward no-goal"
aim, intent, intention, purpose, design - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
intention - (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"
2.goal - the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)goal - the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"
end, terminal - either extremity of something that has length; "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"
finish line, finishing line - a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
3.goal - game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
bar - an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
basketball hoop, basket, hoop - horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
game equipment - equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
goalpost - one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
net - a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
4.goal - a successful attempt at scoring; "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"
score - the act of scoring in a game or sport; "the winning score came with less than a minute left to play"
own goal - (soccer) a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending; "the own goal cost them the game"

goal

noun aim, end, target, purpose, object, intention, objective, ambition, destination, Holy Grail (informal) The goal is to raise as much money as possible.

goal

noun
What one intends to do or achieve:
Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore.
Translations
هَدَفهَدَف في الحَياههدف
gólcílbránabranka
mål
värav
maalipäämäärätavoite
golvratacilj
gól
mark, stigtakmark
ゴール
įvartisuždavinysvartininkasvartų stulpas
mērķisvārti
gol
gól
ciljgolvrata
mål
ประตู
khung thành

goal

[gəʊl]
A. N
1. (Sport) (= score) → gol m; (= net etc) → portería f, meta f, arco m (LAm)
to keep goal; play in goalser portero or (LAm) arquero
goal!¡gol!
to score a goalmarcar un gol
they won by two goals to oneganaron por dos goles or tantos a uno
2. (= aim) (in life) → meta f, objetivo m; (in journey) → fin m
to reach one's goalllegar a la meta, realizar una ambición
B. CPD goal area Nárea f de portería, área f de meta
goal average Npromedio m de goles, golaverage m
goal kick Nsaque m de puerta
goal line Nlínea f de portería

goal

[ˈgəʊl] n
(= score) → but m
the winning goal → le but de la victoire
to score a goal → marquer un but
(= goalmouth) → but m
to miss an open goal → rater un but dégarni
(= objective) → objectif m, but m
His goal is to become the world champion → Son but est de devenir champion du monde.
My long-term goal was to become a senior manager → Mon objectif à long terme était de devenir directeur.goal-area [ˈgəʊlɛəriə] nsurface f de butgoal average n (British)goal-average mgoal difference ndifférence f de buts

goal

n
(Sport) → Tor nt; to keep goal, to play in goalim Tor stehen, im Tor spielen, das Tor hüten; to score/kick a goalein Tor erzielen/schießen
(= aim, objective)Ziel nt; to set (oneself) a goal (→ sich dat) → ein Ziel setzen

goal

:
goal area
nTorraum m
goal average
n (Brit Ftbl) → Tordifferenz f, → Torverhältnis nt
goal crease
n (Ice hockey) → Torraum m
goalgetter
n (Sport) → Torjäger(in) m(f)

goal

:
goal judge
n (Ice hockey) → Torrichter(in) m(f)
goalkeeper
nTorwart m, → Torhüter(in) m(f)
goalkeeping
nTorhüten nt; his excellent goal saved the gameseine hervorragende Leistung als Torwart rettete das Spiel
goal kick
nAbstoß m(vom Tor)
goalless
adj draw, halftorlos
goal line
nTorlinie f
goalmouth
nunmittelbarer Torbereich
goal poacher
n (Sport) → Abstauber(in) m(f)
goalpost
nTorpfosten m; to move the goals (fig inf)die Spielregeln (ver)ändern

goal

[gəʊl] n
a. (Sport) (score) → goal m inv, gol m inv; (net) → rete f, porta
to win by 4 goals to 2 → vincere per 4 reti a 2
to play in goal → giocare in porta
b. (aim, in life) → scopo, fine m, obiettivo; (in journey) → meta

goal

(gəul) noun
1. in football, rugby, hockey etc the act of kicking, hitting etc a ball between the goalposts; the point gained by doing this. He scored six goals.
2. an aim or purpose. My goal in life is to write a book.
ˈgoalkeeper noun
(also keeper) a player, eg in hockey or football, whose job is to prevent members of the other team from scoring goals.
ˈgoalpost noun
one of the two upright posts which form the goal in football, rugby, hockey etc.

to score a goal (not gaol).
to put a criminal in gaol (not goal).

goal

هَدَف gól mål Tor στόχος meta maali but gol porta ゴール doel mål cel gol, objetivo ворота mål ประตู gol khung thành 目标

goal

n meta, objetivo; cholesterol — meta or objetivo de colesterol; goal-oriented orientado al logro de objetivos, orientado a objetivos
References in classic literature ?
Laurie reached the goal first and was quite satisfied with the success of his treatment, for his Atalanta came panting up with flying hair, bright eyes, ruddy cheeks, and no signs of dissatisfaction in her face.
He chatted for a moment with the officer, and then, bidding him good-night, walked on to his home, his mind in a whirl with conglomerate visions of buried cities, great grinning idols of gold, and rival professors seeking to be first at the goal.
Go to him, and say that you left them with a message to hasten to their aid," returned Cora, advancing nigher to the scout in her generous ardor; "that the Hurons bear them into the northern wilds, but that by vigilance and speed they may yet be rescued; and if, after all, it should please heaven that his assistance come too late, bear to him," she continued, her voice gradually lowering, until it seemed nearly choked, "the love, the blessings, the final prayers of his daughters, and bid him not mourn their early fate, but to look forward with humble confidence to the Christian's goal to meet his children.
The strange, upheaving, lifting tendency of the taffrail breeze filling the hollows of so many sails, made the buoyant, hovering deck to feel like air beneath the feet; while still she rushed along, as if two antagonistic influences were struggling in her --one to mount direct to heaven, the other to drive yawingly to some horizontal goal.
For as the one ship that held them all; though it was put together of all contrasting things --oak, and maple, and pine wood; iron, and pitch, and hemp --yet all these ran into each other in the one concrete hull, which shot on its way, both balanced and directed by the long central keel; even so, all the individualities of the crew, this man's valor, that man's fear; guilt and guiltiness, all varieties were welded into oneness, and were all directed to that fatal goal which Ahab their one lord and keel did point to.
Sandy knew the goal and purpose of this pilgrimage, and she posted me.
The difficulties of the next morning were severe, but our courage was high, for our goal was near.
Huckleberry's hard pantings were his only reply, and the boys fixed their eyes on the goal of their hopes and bent to their work to win it.
The months had come and gone, and at length the great day had dawned for Rebecca,--the day to which she had been looking forward for five years, as the first goal to be reached on her little journey through the world.
I could not wring from my little lady how she had spent the day; except that, as I supposed, the goal of her pilgrimage was Penistone Crags; and she arrived without adventure to the gate of the farm-house, when Hareton happened to issue forth, attended by some canine followers, who attacked her train.
I have been conscious all the way along through this pilgrimage of its inevitable vagueness of direction, of my need of something definite, some place, some name, anything at all, however slight, which I might associate, if only for a time, with the object of my quest, a definite something to seek, a definite goal for my feet.
Part on the Plain, or in the Air sublime Upon the wing, or in swift race contend, As at th' Olympian Games or PYTHIAN fields; Part curb thir fierie Steeds, or shun the Goal With rapid wheels, or fronted Brigads form.