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[bawr-der] /ˈbɔr dər/
the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line:
You cannot cross the border without a visa.
the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
the frontier of civilization.
the border.
  1. the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
  2. (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
brink; verge.
an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
  1. a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
  2. a strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
  3. the plants growing in such a strip:
    a border of tulips along the path.
  1. a narrow curtain or strip of painted canvas hung above the stage, masking the flies and lighting units, and forming the top of the stage set.
  2. border light.
verb (used with object)
to make a border around; adorn with a border.
to form a border or boundary to.
to lie on the border of; adjoin.
verb (used without object)
to form or constitute a border; be next to:
California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
to approach closely in character; verge:
The situation borders on tragedy.
Origin of border
1325-75; Middle English bordure < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge < Germanic; see board) + -ure -ure
Related forms
bordered, adjective
borderless, adjective
transborder, adjective
unbordered, adjective
Can be confused
boarder, border.
1. rim, periphery, verge. See edge. 2. See boundary. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for border
  • Another yeast-raised cake to our liking has a flat center, a braid around the edge, done as a fancy border.
  • border patrol agents are a far cry from fingerprint experts.
  • We had less than a half dozen border patrol agents and a few customs officers at the border.
  • Ferns hostas and hydrangeas border a handmade rock waterfall.
  • The request also revealed the screening system includes inspection notes from earlier border inspections.
  • But my experience is the even border on abhorrence and in the best of cases a total indifference.
  • Plants see-through quality makes it suited for foreground as well as back of border.
  • In the absence of convection, a slow exchange of air occurs across the tropospheric-stratospheric border.
  • Good for shaded border near pools or in partially shaded rock gardens with fuchsias and begonias.
  • Well-behaved, decorative thistle relative for the perennial border.
British Dictionary definitions for border


a band or margin around or along the edge of something
the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
  1. a region straddling such a boundary
  2. (as modifier): border country
  1. a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
  2. (as modifier): a border illustration
a long narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, trees, etc, that skirts a path or wall or surrounds a lawn or other area: a herbaceous border
(transitive) to decorate or provide with a border
when intr, foll by on or upon
  1. to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of): his land borders on mine
  2. to be nearly the same (as); verge (on): his stupidity borders on madness
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board


noun the Border
(often pl) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
the region in S South Africa around East London


Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; played in 156 test matches (1978–1994), 93 as captain; first Australian batsman to score 10,000 test runs
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Word Origin and History for border

mid-14c., from Old French bordure "seam, edge of a shield, border," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old English bord "side;" see board (n.2)). The geopolitical sense first attested 1530s, in Scottish (replacing earlier march), from The Borders, name of the district adjoining the boundary between England and Scotland.


c.1400, "to put a border on;" 1640s as "to lie on the border of," from border (n.). Related: Bordered; bordering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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