Pronunciation: (en'ding), [key]
1. a bringing or coming to an end; termination; close: Putting away the Christmas ornaments marked the ending of the season.
2. the final or concluding part; conclusion: a story with a happy ending.
3. death; destruction.
4. Gram.a morpheme, esp. an inflection, at the end of a word, as -s in cuts.
5. (not in technical use) any final word part, as the -ow of widow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.