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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Goal n.
 1. 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.   --Milton.
 2. 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.   --Pope.
 3. 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 basket7 suspended from the backboard, through which the basketball must pass.
 Goal keeper, Sport the player charged with the defense of the goal, such as in soccer or ice hockey.