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verge

2 [vurj]
verb (used without object), verged, verging.
1.
to incline; tend (usually followed by to or toward ): The economy verges toward inflation.
2.
to slope or sink.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin vergere to turn, bend, be inclined

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verge1 (vɜːdʒ)
 
n
1.  an edge or rim; margin
2.  a limit beyond which something occurs; brink: on the verge of ecstasy
3.  (Brit) a grass border along a road
4.  an enclosing line, belt, or strip
5.  architect the edge of the roof tiles projecting over a gable
6.  architect the shaft of a classical column
7.  an enclosed space
8.  horology the spindle of a balance wheel in a vertical escapement, found only in very early clocks
9.  English legal history
 a.  the area encompassing the royal court that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Lord High Steward
 b.  a rod or wand carried as a symbol of office or emblem of authority, as in the Church
 c.  a rod held by a person swearing fealty to his lord on becoming a tenant, esp of copyhold land
 
vb (foll by on) (when intr, sometimes foll by on)
10.  to be near (to): to verge on chaos
11.  to serve as the edge of (something): this narrow strip verges the road
 
[C15: from Old French, from Latin virga rod]

verge2 (vɜːdʒ)
 
vb
(intr; foll by to or towards) to move or incline in a certain direction
 
[C17: from Latin vergere]

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verge
"edge, rim," 1459, from M.Fr. verge "rod or wand of office," hence "scope, territory dominated," from L. virga "shoot, rod stick," of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in Eng. is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of within the verge (1509, also
as Anglo-Fr. dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the king's court. Sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area." Meaning "point at which something happens" (as in on the verge of) is first attested 1602. "A very curious sense development." [Weekley]

verge
"tend, incline," 1610, from L. vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline," from PIE *werg- "to turn," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). Much influenced by verge (n.) in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to" (1787).
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verge (vûrj)
n.
The extreme edge or margin; a border.

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