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Ending(e, Endyng(e, vbl. n. Also: hending. [ME. endyng (heyndynge), ending, OE. endung.]

1. Termination, conclusion. a1400 Leg. S. x. 31.
Ore I make endynge of the tale
Ib. xxvii. 1164.
Of spek he mad ending
Ib. xxix. 282.
At the hending of thi lyf
c1420 Wynt. iv. 2157.
This were civile … endyng it begouth to ta Eftyr that dede wes this Silla
Ib. vii. 605.
Off Edgare … The dayis wyth honowre tuk endyng
?1438 Alex. i. 2479.
Quha dois best at the ending, They haue pryse and maist louing
1490 Irland Mir. I. 26/35.
Eternale without begynnyn ore ending
a1500 Seven S. 88.
Thai … gart him ythandly aye leire Quhill the ending of the sevyn ȝere
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5410.
I dreid that weir makis none endyng Tyll thay be boith onder ane Kyng
1597 Elgin Rec. II. 49.
The kirk duiris sail be closit at the ending of the last bell
1612 Brechin Test. II. 241 b.
He leifis to his sone … his meir to be delyuerit efter the endin of the beir seid

2. The end of life or of a career; the death of a person. 1375 Barb. ii. 197.
How at the Brwys … Had brocht the Cumyn till ending
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 3018.
Vlixes … thre dayis liffand baid And on the ferde day ending maid
c 1420 Liber Calchou 450.
The blud that is envennomit sall … hast a man to his endyng
c1420 Wynt. v. 1021.
Thare him fell a foule endyng For hys fals and ywyll lyvyng
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 164.
Mekle gud cummys of praynge, And garris men mak gud endinge
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 208/23.
Mony ma of that nacioun … at thar endingis war baith hangit and drawin
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vi. 71.
Now God gif thaim ane evill ending
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3224.
Of this fair lady coragious, Behald the ending dolorous
a1585 Maitl. Q. viii. 24.
That we may leif … In mirrienes quhill we ar heir, And hevin at our ending
attrib. ?1438 Alex. ii. 9610.
Pride, inuy and skarsite … Hes brocht thé now to thyne ending day
1535 Stewart 28072.
With Scot and Pecht ... He keipit pece onto his ending da

3. An end, result, or issue, attained or met with. 1375 Barb. i. 584.
Wys mennys etling Cummys nocht ay to that ending That thai think it sall cum to
Ib. xv. 123.
I trow falsat euirmar Sall haue vnfair and euill ending
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3349.
That thai browcht swn till endyng Be swm tresownabill wndyrtakyng
?1438 Alex. ii. 5488.
Ane deid … Weill neir brocht to gude ending
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 220.
Fore falt of aw, and of teichinge, Gerris madenis oft tak ill endinge

b. Finishing, completing. 1524 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIV. 39.
The constitution of dote … for the ending and acomplissing of the said bande of matrimonye
1538 M. Works Acc. V. 37.
To Michell Calsaymakar for his complet ending of the Frensh calsay
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 351.
To Andro Auldmale. wricht, … beand at the begynnyng of the stallis to the ending
1597 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 158.
To proceid in the perfyting, ending, and vpputting of ane dyell … one the tolbuyth
1628 M. Works Acc. XXII. 10.
Gevin to the haill warkmen at the ending of the spoutis, xij s.

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