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.