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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.]
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(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]
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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]
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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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"That undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns."[1]
The 30-year-old Bourn earned his second All-Star berth and some NL MVP votes in his first full season with Atlanta Braves last year, stealing 42 bases, and knocking 26 doubles and 10 triples, while scoring 96 runs.
West Midlands Police said the ornament held significant sentimental value to owner Ronald Bourn. So moved were they by his story, officers set about finding a replacement.
Precision Cutting Technologies is Alleghany Capital's new holding company for its subsidiaries in the machine tool and consumable cutting tool sectors, which include Bourn & Koch, Inc.
Bourn Hall International (BHI) MENA Ltd., the holding company of the Bourn Hall Fertility Clinics in Dubai and Al-Ain and a provider of reproductive services in the UAE, has launched a new electronic patient portal.
Mediclinic Middle East, part of Mediclinic International, a private hospital group, has announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Bourn Hall International Mena Limited, the holding company for the Bourn Hall Fertility Centre in the UAE.
Cardiff High pupil Hannah Bourn, 15, who had never sailed before, was taken sailing by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust after being treated for papillary thyroid cancer.
Summary: Collaboration with Bourn Hall Fertility Centre brings fertility services to Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-November 14, 2017-Net Insight names Pelle Bourn as new global CFO
THE new Bourn View Care Home in Bournville, operated by awardwinning and leading national care provider Avery Healthcare, is an 80-bed home that provides for both residential care and those living with dementia.
Kevin Bourn, 36, from Cransville, Gateshead, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after being charged with assault of a constable in execution of their duty, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of common assault and one racially aggravated public order offence.
Summary: Gurugram (Haryana) [India], July 25 (ANI): Thirty-nine years ago the world was introduced to its first test-tube baby when Louise Brown was born through the IVF technique at Bourn Hall.