n. A pole, post, or other object set up to mark the point determined for the end of a race, or for both its beginning and end, whether in one course or several courses; a mark or point to be reached in a race or other contest; the limit of a race.n. In athletic games and plays, the mark, point, or line toward which effort is directed.n. Hence—3. In foot-ball, etc., the act of throwing or kicking the ball through or over the goal: as, to make a goal.n. 4. The end or termination; the finish.n. The end or final purpose; the end to which a design or a course of action tends, or which a person aims to reach or accomplish.n. A barrow or tumulus.An erroneous spelling of gaol (now commonly jail), often found in books of the seventeenth century.n. In astronomy, the point on the celestial sphere toward which the motion of a body is directed; thus, the earth's goal at any moment is a point on the ecliptic about 90 degrees west of the sun.