A small stream, especially one that flows intermittently or seasonally.
- 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 goal; a destination.
- 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.’