[syn: finish, destination, goal]
3. game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points;
4. a successful attempt at scoring;
- Example: "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
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.
Part curb their fiery steeds, or shun the goal
With rapid wheels. --Milton.
2. The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends,
or which a person aims to reach or attain.
Each individual seeks a several goal. --Pope.
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 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, thus scoring points; as, to
score a goal.
Goal keeper, (Sport) the player charged with the defense of
the goal, such as in soccer or ice hockey.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: goal,
2: the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a
crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as
their destination came into view" [syn: finish,
3: game equipment consisting of the place toward which players
of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score
4: a successful attempt at scoring; "the winning goal came with
less than a minute left to play"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
In logic programming, a predicate applied to
its arguments which the system attempts to prove by matching
it against the clauses of the program. A goal may fail or
it may succeed in one or more ways.