border

[bawr-der]
noun
1.
the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
2.
the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa.
3.
the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
4.
the frontier of civilization.
5.
the border.
a.
the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
b.
(in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
6.
brink; verge.
7.
an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
8.
an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
9.
Horticulture.
a.
a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
b.
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.
c.
the plants growing in such a strip: a border of tulips along the path.
10.
Theater.
a.
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.
verb (used with object)
11.
to make a border around; adorn with a border.
12.
to form a border or boundary to.
13.
to lie on the border of; adjoin.
verb (used without object)
14.
to form or constitute a border; be next to: California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
15.
to approach closely in character; verge: The situation borders on tragedy.

Origin:
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

bordered, adjective
borderless, adjective
transborder, adjective
unbordered, adjective

boarder, border.


1. rim, periphery, verge. See edge. 2. See boundary.
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border (ˈbɔːdə)
 
n
1.  a band or margin around or along the edge of something
2.  the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
3.  a.  a region straddling such a boundary
 b.  (as modifier): border country
4.  a.  a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
 b.  (as modifier): a border illustration
5.  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
 
vb (when intr, foll by on or upon)
6.  (tr) to decorate or provide with a border
7.  a.  to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of): his land borders on mine
 b.  to be nearly the same (as); verge (on): his stupidity borders on madness
 
[C14: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board]

Border1 (ˈbɔːdə)
 
n
1.  (often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
2.  the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
3.  the region in S South Africa around East London

Border2 (ˈbɔːdə)
 
n
Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; captain of Australia (1985--94)

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border
mid-14c., from O.Fr. bordure "seam, edge of a shield, border," from Frankish *bord (cf. O.E. bord "side;" see board (2)). The geopolitical sense first attested 1530s, in Scottish (replacing earlier march), from The Borders, district adjoining the boundary between England and Scotland.
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The northern part of the square is bordered by the very large rijksmuseum.
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