A border of poinsettias in a garden.
- An example of a border is the outside edges of a garden bed.
- An example of a border is a mat cut for a 5x7 photo to fit inside an 8x10 frame.
- An example of a border is Antler, North Dakota between the US and Canada.
- an edge or a part near an edge; margin; side
- a dividing line between two countries, states, etc. or the land along it; frontier
- a narrow strip, often ornamental, along an edge; fringe; edging
- an ornamental strip of flowers or shrubs along the edge of a garden, walk, etc.
Origin of borderMiddle English and Old French bordure from border, to border from Frankish an unverified form bord, margin: see board
- to provide with a border
- to extend along the edge of; bound
- to be next to or adjoining
- to be like; almost be: his grief borders on madness
- A part that forms the outer edge of something.
- A decorative strip around the edge of something, such as fabric.
- A strip of ground, as at the edge of a garden or walk, in which ornamental plants or shrubs are planted.
- The line or frontier area separating political divisions or geographic regions; a boundary.
verbbor·dered, bor·der·ing, bor·ders
- To lie along or adjacent to the border of: Canada borders the United States.
- To put a border on.
- To lie adjacent to another: The United States borders on Canada.
- To be almost like another in character: an act that borders on heroism.
Origin of borderMiddle English bordure from Old French bordeure from border to border from bort border of Germanic origin
- The outer edge of something.
- the borders of the garden
- A decorative strip around the edge of something.
- There's a nice frilly border around the picture frame.
- a solid border around a table of figures
- A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown.
- The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions.
- The border between Canada and USA is the longest in the world.
- (UK) Short form of border morris or border dancing; a vigorous style of traditional English dance originating from villages along the border between England and Wales, performed by a team of dancers usually with their faces disguised with black makeup.
(third-person singular simple present borders, present participle bordering, simple past and past participle bordered)