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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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References in classic literature ?
"That undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns."[1]
19 July 2019 - US-based electronic components manufacturer and supplier Bourns, Inc has acquired all shares of Keko-Varicon d.o.o.
Offering a superior performance solution, Bourns' latest TVS diode array offers lower clamp voltage on surge, and unlike competing technologies, it uses solid- state avalanche technology that does not degrade after multiple ESD events.
Law Society president Robert Bourns said: "Solicitors representing people accused of wrongdoing already attend police stations at any time during the day or night under the duty rota scheme.
Robert Bourns, president of the Law Society, also told the Press Association he fears for English and Welsh law firms that do not have an EU presence and the longer-term future of the PS25.7 billion sector, which employs 380,000 people.
Bradford, United Kingdom, September 24, 2014 --( The legal sector plays an invaluable role in the UK economy, with Law Society Deputy Vice-President Robert Bourns stating that 100 legal services jobs supports 67 additional jobs in other parts of the UK's economy.
Since I'm resident of Bilal Town, PMA road, the residents here are waiting for an operation in this area too as it is flooded during the monsoon rains every year because water overflows the bourns due to the encroachment on it by some people.
The Bourns have two children, Lexi and Nash, who attend West Boylston Middle/High School.
India, May 3 -- Bourns, a manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, has recently announced the smallest battery strap resettable fuse, the Bourns Multifuse MF-LL Series, featuring ultra-low resistance designed to deliver reliable and robust circuit protection.
Gloucester farmer Charles Bourns, Poultry Board Chairman of the National Farmers Union said he saw a huge rise in production after playing classical music to his chickens.
Growing demand from UK retailers is another factor in the expansion of free-range eggs, according to National Farmers' Union poultry board chairman Charles Bourns.