bourne

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bourne (countable and uncountable, plural bournes)

  1. (countable, archaic) A boundary.
    ..and though I did not stop in my advance, yet I went on slowly, like a man who should have passed a bourne unnoticed, and strayed into the country of the dead.
    Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.
    But that the dread of something after death,/ The undiscover'd country from whose bourn[e]/ No traveller returns
    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III. Scene I.
    "For though from out our bourne of Time and Place,
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crossed the bar.
    Tennyson 'Crossing the Bar'
  2. (archaic) A goal or destination.
  3. (countable) A stream or brook in which water flows only seasonally.

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