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bourn 1

also bourne  (bôrn, bo͝orn)
n.
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.]
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bourn

(bɔːn) or

bourne

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

bourn

(bɔːn)
n
(Physical Geography) chiefly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areas. Compare burn2
[C16: from Old French bodne limit; see bound3]
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bourn1

or bourne

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

bourn2

(bɔrn, boʊrn, bʊərn)

n. Archaic.
1. a bound; limit.
2. destination; goal.
3. realm; domain.
[1515–25; earlier borne < Middle French, Old French]
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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"
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