- A small stream, especially one that flows intermittently or seasonally.More example sentences
- One of the many good touches in this book is its linguistic bent, as in the explanation of tilth and bourn, farming terms carried as baggage to the American Utopia.
- I-I-I don't get you, he says thickly, in a stuttered upper-pitch that probably succeeds in shaving a bourne of phlegm off his wind-pipe.
- But it seems likely that all sorcery will vanish with the bourns.
Middle English: southern English variant of burn2.
- 1A limit or boundary.More example sentences
- In works such as these, the paint-splattered canvases, which suggest the wilder bourns of Abstract Expressionism, are subjected to all manner of indignities.
- These spaces of dispersion are marked with bourns which disappear amid the fields of scree as stones.
- 1.1A goal or destination.More example sentences
- Northern Afghanistan was to these Assyrian kings the dumping ground for unconsidered numbers of slaves; a bourn from which no captive ever returned.
- It's quite hard to say, ‘The undiscover'd country from whose bourn no traveller returns’ when your mum has just died. ‘If it be not now yet it will come.
- Many more men were taken ‘to that bourne from whence no traveller [sic] returns.’
early 16th century (denoting a boundary of a field): from French borne, from Old French bodne (see bound2).