encumbrance, n. 1. impediment, hindrance, handicap, disadvantage, cumbrance, strain; burden, weight, onus, cross, millstone, albatross; duty, obligation, responsibility, tax.
2. dependent, charge, ward, protdgd, child, son, daughter.
encyclopedia, n. cyclopedia, book of knowledge, yearbook, annual, almanac, reference book; dictionary, wordbook, thesaurus, lexicon, glossary,
encyclopedic, adj. extensive, vast, broad, wide-ranging, diversified, universal; comprehensive, all-inclusive, exhaustive, complete, thorough,
end, n. 1. termination, conclusion, expiration, cessation, abruption, stoppage, close, finish, wind-up; completion, fulfillment, attainment, accomplishment, culmination, consummation; ending, finale, finis, denouement, peroration, epilogue, period.
2. extremity, furthermost part, terminus, terminal, pole, point, nib, tip, top, head, horn; limitation, bound, boundary, limit, pale, bourn; border, confine, margin; acme, apogee, ultimate, utmost, uttermost, extreme.
3. purpose, aim, object, objective, goal, reason, motive, motivation, intent, intention, design; destination, final cause, raison d'etre.
4. result, outcome, consequence, upshot, effect, issue, fruit, flower.
5. destruction, ruin, ruination, dissolution, extermination, annihilation, death, Sl. curtains; deathblow, Fr. coup de grdce, Sl. finisher, Sl. sockdolager; doom, doomsday, day of wrath, Judgment Day.
6. remnant, fragment, scrap, stub, fag end, butt, heel.
7. share, part, portion, segment, sector, province, field, area, responsibility, Inf. load.
8. at loose ends unsettled, drifting, dallying; confused, uncertain, wavering, Inf. betwixt and between, Sl. not together.
9. make both ends meet economize, husband, live within one's means, endure, survive, subsist, Inf. get by, Inf. scrape by.
no end Informal, very much, considerably, Inf. a lot.
11. on end continuously, successively, consecutively, serially.
-v. 12. conclude, terminate, settle, close; complete, accomplish, consummate, achieve; finish, finish off, put an end to, make an end of, bring to an end; adjourn; (all usu. with in) reach, arrive, culminate, climax.
13. cease, stop, discontinue, drop, cut, cut short, bring down the curtain; die, die out, expire, vanish, pass, pass away, peter out, wind up or down, run down or out, blow over, run its course; quit, desist, abandon, leave off, break, break off, call it quits, call it a day.
14. kill, destroy, do in; annihilate, exterminate, eradicate, get rid of, wipe out, extinguish, abolish, dissolve; quell, arrest, check, squelch, put down, Inf. put the kibosh on.
endanger, v. imperil, expose to danger, jeopardize, put in jeopardy; hazard, expose, risk, venture, take a chance, tempt fate; put on a spot, commit, involve, sail too near the wind; call attention to, bring into the open,
endear, v. 1. evoke love or affection, charm, captivate, win, win over, attach, attract; warm the cockles of one's heart.
2. lose one's heart to, be enamored of, smile upon, dispose or incline toward, fold to the heart; hold in affection or love, hold dear, esteem, prize, value, treasure, enjoy, admire,
endearment, n. 1. affection, fondness, attachment, tie, bond.