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goal

Definitions

  • Al Sharpe's goal
    Al Sharpe's goal
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n goal a successful attempt at scoring "the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play"
    • n goal game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
    • n goal 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"
    • n goal 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bobby Carpenter was the first American player to score 50 goals in a season
    • Goal 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{7} suspended from the backboard, through which the basketball must pass.
    • Goal (Sport) The act or instance of propelling the ball or puck into or through the goal{3}, thus scoring points; as, to score a goal .
    • Goal 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 ."
    • Goal 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1987, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first NHL goalie to score a goal. Actually, Ron Hextall was the first NHL goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck towards the opposing team's net in 1987. Billy Smith was the first goalie credited with a goal in 1979 when his clearing pass hit an opposing skater and went into the other team's goal.
    • n goal A pole, post, or other object set up to mark the point determined for the end of a race, or for both its beginning and end, whether in one course or several courses; a mark or point to be reached in a race or other contest; the limit of a race.
    • n goal In athletic games and plays, the mark, point, or line toward which effort is directed. In football, lacrosse, and similar games the goal consists of two upright posts placed in the ground a short distance from each other, and generally connected by a cross-beam or string, through or over which the players try to throw or kick the ball.
    • n goal Hence—3. In foot-ball, etc., the act of throwing or kicking the ball through or over the goal: as, to make a goal.
    • n goal The end or termination; the finish.
    • n goal The end or final purpose; the end to which a design or a course of action tends, or which a person aims to reach or accomplish.
    • n goal A barrow or tumulus.
    • goal An erroneous spelling of gaol (now commonly jail), often found in books of the seventeenth century.
    • n goal In astronomy, the point on the celestial sphere toward which the motion of a body is directed; thus, the earth's goal at any moment is a point on the ecliptic about 90 degrees west of the sun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original name for basketball, as invented by Dr. James Naismith, was indoor rugby. It was one of the game's first players that started calling it basketball because of the peach baskets that acted as the original goals.
    • n Goal gōl a mark set up to bound a race: the winning-post—also the starting-post: the end aimed at: the two upright posts between which the ball is kicked in the game of football: the act of sending the ball between or over the goal-posts: an end or aim.
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Quotations

  • James H. Robinson
    James H. Robinson
    “Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best.”
  • Geoffrey F. Abert
    Geoffrey F. Abert
    “The most important thing about goals is having one.”
  • Tracy Austin
    Tracy Austin
    “To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.”
  • Anita DeFrantz
    Anita DeFrantz
    “Your goal should be out of reach but not out of sight.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gaule, pole, Prov. F. waule, of German origin; cf. Fries. walu, staff, stick, rod, Goth. walus, Icel. völr, a round stick; prob. akin to E. wale,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gaule, a pole; prob. of Teut. origin, as Old Fris. walu, a staff, Goth. walus; but acc. to Littré from L. vallus, a stake.

Usage

In literature:

Two of the younger boys, proud of their office, raced down to the further end to set up the goal-posts.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
The return to God is the consummation of all things and the goal indicated by Christian teaching.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
If you would have sustained me, Renee's goal would have counted us two, and Louise would have had no chance to make a goal or foul.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
That match, however, ended in favour of Scotland by three goals to none.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
Kassar, the captain of their team, boasted that he would make ten goals that day.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He perceived, as in a vision, humanity moving onwards to some unseen goal.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Their goal line hadn't been crossed all season, and all the newspaper writers tipped them to slaughter us.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
It is Will flowing towards Will which carries us by the power of Jesus Christ to the Goal.
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
A player advances toward the opposite goal, when one from that goal starts out to catch him.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Buck reached his goal.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
We're almost dead in front of the goal posts!
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
The goal was the Castle of St. Angelo.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
His ultimate goal was the penitentiary.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
This is the goal of woman's struggle for progress, it is the sole end worthy of it.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Davis thought himself almost in sight of the goal.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
He had reached his goal, and his self-imposed task had begun.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
It cannot but be that we shall go forward towards our goal and towards home.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
However great the obstacles between you and your goal may be or have been, do not lay the blame of your failure upon them.
"The Heart of the New Thought" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The records of human daring do not reach so far back in the dawn of history as to show a time when gold was not a goal.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
I have no object, no goal in life, but her.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

In what street shall meet,
At what market-place,
Your feet and our feet,
With one goal to greet,
Having run one race?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Great is man's striving,
great the goals it has set ­
but much greater is man himself
with roots in universal night.
"Man's Multiplicity" by Karin Boye
Ah, holy midnight of the soul,
When stars alone are high;
When winds are resting at their goal,
And sea-waves only sigh!
"The Holy Midnight" by George MacDonald
Oh vain, far quest!—not thus my heart
Shall ever find its goal!
I turn me home—and there thou art,
My Father, in my soul!
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
I called on all the holy names
Of every clime and creed.
"Show me the way, in mercy, ye
Great ones who have reached the goal."
"Quest For God" by Swami Vivekananda
They paid the price to reach their goal
Across a world in flame;
But their own hate slew their own soul
Before that victory came.
"The Outlaws" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Melany Ward fired 4 goals, Shonda Gieseke scored 2 goals, and Annika Wolfe, Morgan Freyhof, Savannah Marceau, and Kelsi Dowden each added a goal.
Set a fundraising goal on Donorschoose.org, and if you hit your goal by Dec 21, Google will sell your public school teachers the $249 Samsung Series 5 Chromebook for $150 off the list price.
Watt started his career with Celtic with two goals against Motherwell, and has six goals this season in all competitions.
Kptm.com Fiat 500e Heads to LA Auto Show ' Honda Shows Off Micro Commuter Prototype ' GM Reveals Long-term Goals for EVs, Hybrids ' Nissan's Electric Goals Announced ' Tesla Model S is Car of the Year.
Sophomore Kostas Genidounias scores the winning goal with 40 seconds left as the Trojans cap a 29-0 season with their third one-goal victory over the Bruins.
Connor Harris added 1 goal and 3 assists, and Ivo Berti scored 1 goal.
Early goals, goals just before halftime, or goals coming out of the break can be devastating to the mental state of the opposing team.
Cheboygan sophomore Austin Christie scored two goals, while freshman Adam Jeannotte added a goal and two assists to lead the Chiefs to their second victory of the season.
Mark Anez and Joey Hanowski each netted a pair of goals for the Flyers, with Mitch Gregory, Alex Nelson and Luke Majerle also adding a goal.
Stephanie Saccoccio nets a goal in the corner of the goal from 25 yards away to give Avon a 1-0 win in the Class L state championship.
Getting separation with a three-goal second period and a three-point night from Olivier Fortier (2 goals, 1 assist), the Orlando Solar Bears (7-5-2-1) defeated the Kalamazoo Wings (7-6-0-0) 4-2 at the Amway Center.
Emmaus scored their only goal in the 2nd half, Teresa Carotenuto scored on a corner, but that was the only Emmaus goal of the night as they fell in double overtime 2-1.
The Post has you covered goal line to goal with the best writers in the business.
Fuller 's full -year goal to boost revenue between 5% and 6% with pricing is an ambitious goal, said Schwartz, who estimates 4% growth.
The relief fund has set a fundraising goal of $10 million and so far has raised $6.8 million toward that goal, said board member Chris Graff.
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In science:

Our primarily goal is to average the paraxial two-particle Green function Eq.(4.3) over the distribution of the lines.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The goal is to obtain a probabilistic description of the conjugacy class of a random element of GL(n, q).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The principal goals of the survey are to identify QSOs and to map structure traced by luminous galaxies and QSO absorption line systems in a wide volume containing the HDF.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
While our goal is not a complete survey of QSOs in the area, it is useful to compare the density of QSOs near the HDF to other QSO surveys.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
The main goal of the present paper is to suggest a regular way of studying the specta of random contractions for a given deviation from unitarity.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
One can reach this goal by using new variables.
A note on topological brane theories
The similarity of the situation for groups and Lie algebras points to a common generalization, which is our goal in this paper.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
The identification of the QI obtained by fixing different polarizations is one of the goals of the geometric quantization, but “the theory is far from achieving this goal” [2, page 267].
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
Our goal is to sample from Ω in expected time linear in |V |.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
We compute the acceptance probability as follows, with the goal being to preserve the correct distribution.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
According to Theorem 2 below, this goal is indeed met.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The goal is to use a replacement strategy that keeps small the access times (i.e., item depths in the list) needed for items.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
This was not the principal goal of the experiments he performed, which were motivated in large part by looking for isotopes of neon.
How the sun shines
Hence, our goal of linear time amounts to being linear in n = n1n2 .
When Can You Fold a Map?
Our goal was to generalize the MDH recursion relations to study the thermodynamic behavior of chains with arbitrary spin size.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
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