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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bourn  \Bourn\,  Bourne  \Bourne\,  n.  [OE.  burne,  borne,  AS  burna; 
  akin  to  OS  brunno  spring,  G.  born,  brunnen  OHG.  prunno 
  Goth.  brunna  Icel.  brunnr,  and  perh.  to  Gr  ?.  The  root  is 
  prob.  that  of  burn,  v.,  because  the  source  of  a  stream  seems 
  to  issue  forth  bubbling  and  boiling  from  the  earth.  Cf 
  {Torrent},  and  see  {Burn},  v.] 
  A  stream  or  rivulet;  a  burn. 
 
  My  little  boat  can  safely  pass  this  perilous  bourn. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bourn  \Bourn\,  Bourne  \Bourne\,  n.  [F.  borne.  See  {Bound}  a 
  limit.] 
  A  bound;  a  boundary;  a  limit.  Hence:  Point  aimed  at  goal. 
 
  Where  the  land  slopes  to  its  watery  bourn.  --Cowper. 
 
  The  undiscovered  country,  from  whose  bourn  No  traveler 
  returns.  --Shak. 
 
  Sole  bourn,  sole  wish,  sole  object  of  my  song. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  To  make  the  doctrine  .  .  .  their  intellectual  bourne. 
  --Tyndall. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bourn 
  n  1:  an  archaic  term  for  a  boundary  [syn:  {bourne}] 
  2:  an  archaic  term  for  a  goal  or  destination  [syn:  {bourne}] 




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