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1The end or destruction of the world or of life on earth, specifically the Day of Judgement. Occasionally attributive Compare world-end.
2The farthest limit of the earth; (chiefly used hyperbolically, especially) the farthest attainable point of travel; (also) a very remote or out-of-the way place. Occasionally attributive Compare world-end, the ends (also end) of (the) earth.
Old English; earliest use found in Charter: Lufu to Christ Church, Canterbury. From the genitive of world + end.
world's end/ˌwəːldz ˈɛnd/
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