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[bawr-der-land] /ˈbɔr dərˌlænd/
land forming a border or frontier.
an uncertain, intermediate district, space, or condition.
Origin of borderland
1805-15; border + land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You know only the half-breed savages who run the borderland, preying on Mexican and American alike.

    Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston
  • Let me see you win your spurs here in the borderland, and then—to America you go!'

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • The borderland cases and the incipient mild forms alone allow the hope of a cure.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • I asked somewhat hazily, for I was still on the borderland of dreams.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • It rather occupies a kind of borderland between them, coming under the head of philanthropy.

  • They stood encamped on the borderland of the Unknown realm to which they belonged.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for borderland


land located on or near a frontier or boundary
an indeterminate region: the borderland between intellect and intelligence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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