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Definition of GOAL

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Goal \Goal\, n. [F. gaule pole, Prov. F. waule, of German origin; cf. Fries. walu staff, stick, rod, Goth. walus, Icel. v["o]lr a round stick; prob. akin to E. wale.] [1913 Webster]
     1. The mark set to bound a race, and to or around which the constestants run, or from which they start to return to it again; the place at which a race or a journey is to end. [1913 Webster]

              Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal With rapid wheels.                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain. [1913 Webster]

              Each individual seeks a several goal. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. A base, station, or bound used in various games as the point or object which a team must reach in order to score points; in certain games, the point which the ball or puck must pass in order for points to be scored. In football, it is a line between two posts across which the ball must pass in order to score points; in soccer or ice hockey, it is a net at each end of the soccer field into which the soccer ball or hocjey puck must be propelled; in basketball, it is the basket[7] suspended from the backboard, through which the basketball must pass. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     4. (Sport) The act or instance of propelling the ball or puck into or through the goal[3], thus scoring points; as, to score a goal. [PJC]

     {Goal keeper}, (Sport) the player charged with the defense of the goal, such as in soccer or ice hockey. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "goal":
     Z, aim, ambition, anchorage, apodosis, aspiration, basis, bourn, butt, by-end, by-purpose, calling, catastrophe, cause, ceasing, cessation, coda, conclusion, consideration, consummation, crack of doom, culmination, curtain, curtains, death, decease, denouement, destination, destiny, doom, duty, effect, end, end in view, end point, ending, envoi, epilogue, eschatology, expiration, fate, final cause, final solution, final twitch, final words, finale, finality, finis, finish, function, game, grand slam, ground, guiding light, guiding star, harbor, haven, hit, hole, hole in one, home run, homer, ideal, inspiration, intention, izzard, last, last breath, last gasp, last stop, last things, last trumpet, last words, latter end, lodestar, mainspring, mark, matter, motive, object, object in mind, objective, omega, payoff, period, peroration, port, prey, principle, purpose, pursuit, quarry, quietus, quintain, reason, reason for being, resolution, resting place, sake, score, slam, source, spring, stop, stoppage, stopping place, strike, swan song, target, teleology, term, terminal, terminal point, termination, terminus, touchdown, ulterior motive, ultimate aim, use, vocation, windup


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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