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bourn 1also bourne (bôrn, bo͝orn)
A small stream; a brook.
bourn 2also bourne (bôrn, bo͝orn)
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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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)
[before 900; Middle English; see burn1]
bourn2(bɔrn, boʊrn, bʊərn)
1. a bound; limit.
2. destination; goal.
3. realm; domain.
[1515–25; earlier borne < Middle French, Old French]
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