Border Definition

bôrdər
bordered, bordering, borders
noun
borders
An edge or a part near an edge; margin; side.
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A narrow strip, often ornamental, along an edge; fringe; edging.
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A dividing line between two countries, states, etc. or the land along it; frontier.
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An ornamental strip of flowers or shrubs along the edge of a garden, walk, etc.
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(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.
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verb
bordered, bordering, borders
To provide with a border.
Webster's New World
To extend along the edge of; bound.
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To lie adjacent to another.
The United States borders on Canada.
American Heritage
To be almost like another in character.
An act that borders on heroism.
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(intransitive) To approach; to come near to; to verge.
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centerbe inside
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adjective
Of, forming, or near a border.
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idiom
border on
  • to be next to or adjoining
  • to be like; almost be

    his grief borders on madness

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the Borders
  • the area surrounding the boundary between Scotland and England
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Other Word Forms of Border

Noun

Singular:
border
Plural:
Borders

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Border

Origin of Border

  • Middle English bordure, from Old French bordure, bordeure, from border (“to border”), from bort, bord (“a border”), of Germanic origin akin to Middle High German borte (“border, trim”), German Borte (“ribbon, trimming”). More at board.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bordure from Old French bordeure from border to border from bort border of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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