WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
goal /goʊl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed;
    aim;
    end:His goal was to become a famous statesman.
  2. Sportan area or point toward or into which players of various games attempt to propel a ball or puck to score points.
  3. Sportthe act of propelling a ball or puck toward or into such an area or object.
  4. Sportthe score made by achieving this.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
goal  (gōl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed;
    aim;
    end.
  2. Sportthe terminal point in a race.
  3. Sporta pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
  4. Sportan area, basket, cage, or other object or structure toward or into which players of various games attempt to throw, carry, kick, hit, or drive a ball, puck, etc., to score a point or points.
  5. Sportthe act of throwing, carrying, kicking, driving, etc., a ball or puck into such an area or object.
  6. Sportthe score made by this act.
goalless, adj. 
  • 1275–1325; Middle English gol boundary, limit; compare Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged target;
      purpose, object, objective, intent, intention.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged finish.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

goal /ɡəʊl/ n
  1. the aim or object towards which an endeavour is directed
  2. the terminal point of a journey or race
  3. (in various sports) the net, basket, etc into or over which players try to propel the ball, puck, etc, to score
  4. a successful attempt at scoring
  5. the score so made
  6. (in soccer, hockey, etc) the position of goalkeeper
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps related to Middle English gol boundary, Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede

ˈgoalless adj



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