- An example of a margin is the blank area around the print on the page of a book.
- An example of a margin is the New York Giants beating the 49ers by three points.
- a border, edge, or brink: the margin of the pond
- the blank space around the printed or written area on a page or sheet
- a limit to what is desirable or possible
- an amount of money, supplies, etc. reserved or allowed beyond what is needed; extra amount for contingencies or emergencies
- provision for increase, addition, or advance
- an amount or degree of difference or inequality: to win by a wide margin
- the difference between the cost and the selling price of goods produced, sold, etc.
- collateral deposited with a broker by an investor as security against loss, as on an option contract
- a customer's equity if his or her account is closed at the prevailing prices
- the difference between the face value of a loan and the market value of the collateral put up to secure it
- Econ. the minimum return, below which activities are not profitable enough to be continued
- Psychol. the fringe of consciousness
Origin of marginMiddle English margine from Classical Latin margo (gen. marginis): see mark
- to provide with a margin or border; be a margin to; border
- to enter, place, or summarize in the margin of a page or sheet
- to deposit a margin upon
- to hold by depositing or adding to a margin upon
- to purchase (securities) on margin
Origin of marginL marginare
- An edge and the area immediately adjacent to it; a border. See Synonyms at border.
- The blank space bordering the written or printed area on a page.
- A limit in a condition or process, beyond or below which something is no longer possible or acceptable: the margin of reality; has crossed the margin of civilized behavior.
- An amount allowed beyond what is needed: a small margin of safety. See Synonyms at room.
- A measure, quantity, or degree of difference: a margin of 500 votes.
- Economics a. The minimum return that an enterprise may earn and still pay for itself.b. The difference between the cost and the selling price of securities or commodities.c. The difference between the market value of collateral and the face value of a loan.
- An amount in money, or represented by securities, deposited by a customer with a broker as a provision against loss on transactions made on account.
- Botany The border of a leaf.
transitive verbmar·gined, mar·gin·ing, mar·gins
- To provide with a margin.
- To be a margin to; border.
- To inscribe or enter in the margin of a page.
- Economics a. To add margin to: margin up a brokerage account.b. To deposit margin for: margin a transaction.c. To buy or hold (securities) by depositing or adding to a margin.
Origin of marginMiddle English from Old French from Latin margō margin-; see merg- in Indo-European roots.
- (typography) The edge of the paper that remains blank.
- The edge or border of any flat surface.
- (figuratively) The edge defining inclusion in or exclusion from of a set or group.
- A difference between results, characteristics, scores.
- A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
- margin of error
- (finance) The yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.
- (finance) Collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc.
(third-person singular simple present margins, present participle margining, simple past and past participle margined)
- To add a margin to.
margin - Computer Definition
margin - Investment & Finance Definition
The amount of money (or the value of assets) deposited by a customer to a broker in order to qualify for a loan to trade securities, or for a margin loan. Similar to collateral, margin may also be deposited by a broker with a clearing member of a futures exchange. If conditions become volatile in the futures market, margin requirements are raised. A clearing member of a futures exchange is also required to pay margin to the clearinghouse.
A margin is not a partial payment on a purchase. At the end of each trading day, profits and losses on open positions are calculated (using the mark-to-market process). If an investor has lost money and his or her margin account is therefore below minimum balance requirements, the broker makes a margin call to inform the investor that he or she needs to deposit additional funds in the account. The Securities and Exchange Commission regulates margins charged on investment accounts used to purchase stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.
margin - Legal Definition
- The difference between the amount of a loan and the market value of the collateral securing it.
- Cash or other collateral given or paid to a stockbroker to secure him or her against losses incurred extending credit to an investor.
- The investor’s equity in stocks purchased by a broker extending credit to the investor.