1. The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end. See Synonyms at intention.
a. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
b. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.
c. The score awarded for such an act.
d. The finish line of a race.
a. A noun or noun phrase referring to the place to which something moves.
b. See patient.
[Middle English gol, boundary, possibly from Old English *gāl, barrier.]
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