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  Dictionary Definition of goal

goal
noun
1. that towards which effort is directed; aim or end.
2. the terminal point in a race.
3. a pole or other object by which this is marked.
4. an area, basket, cage or object or structure towards which the players strive to advance the ball, etc.
5. the act of throwing or kicking the ball through or over the goal.
6. the score made by accomplishing this.
-- verb (i)
7. to score a goal.
[ME gol boundary, limit. Cf. OE gælan hinder, impede]
-- goalless, adjective