border state

Border States

plural noun
1.
U.S. History. the slave states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, which refused to secede from the Union in 1860–61.
2.
the U.S. states touching the Canadian border.
3.
certain countries of central and northern Europe that border on the former Soviet Union and belonged to the Russian Empire: Finland, Poland (prior to 1940), Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
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Main Entry:  border state1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any of the southern slave states of the U.S. Civil War that bordered the northern free states (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia)
Main Entry:  border state2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a U.S. state bordering on Canada or Mexico
Main Entry:  border state3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a country that borders on a larger more powerful country; a country that lies between two larger countries
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