- the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
- the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa.
- the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
- the frontier of civilization.
- the border,
- the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
- (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
- brink; verge.
- an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
- an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
- a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
- a strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
- the plants growing in such a strip: a border of tulips along the path.
- a narrow curtain or strip of painted canvas hung above the stage, masking the flies and lighting units, and forming the top of the stage set.
- border light.
- to make a border around; adorn with a border.
- to form a border or boundary to.
- to lie on the border of; adjoin.
- to form or constitute a border; be next to: California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
- to approach closely in character; verge: The situation borders on tragedy.
Origin of border
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Examples from the Web for bordering
Things got so bad a couple of months ago that Omran, along with several of his friends, tried to escape to bordering Egypt.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
Since ISIS stormed the city of Mosul bordering Iraqi Kurdistan last week, the Kurds have been on a war footing.This Is How You Fight ISIS
June 19, 2014
Svein: To be very big on things, bordering on the pretentious, I see it as all of those things.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
After that he rebuilt it and enlarged its bordering territory from 1.8 to 140 hectares.Where in the World Is Yanukovych?
February 25, 2014
The voice, the jingoistic voice, bordering on fascist voice, is what is so very loud now.Literary City: Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo
February 7, 2014
We rolled on, and entered the village of Manchester, bordering on the falls.Other Tales and Sketches
The country of the Goajires is a peninsula of Colombia bordering on Venezuela.The Sexual Question
In fact he wrote that he thought it all wrong, deceitful, bordering on the dishonest.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
All that part of Australia, bordering the ocean, was desert.In Search of the Castaways
But this refers only to the section of Finland bordering on the Baltic Sea.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
- a band or margin around or along the edge of something
- the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
- a region straddling such a boundary
- (as modifier)border country
- a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
- (as modifier)a border illustration
- a long narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, trees, etc, that skirts a path or wall or surrounds a lawn or other areaa herbaceous border
- (tr) to decorate or provide with a border
- (when intr , foll by on or upon)
- to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)his land borders on mine
- to be nearly the same (as); verge (on)his stupidity borders on madness
- (often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
- the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
- the region in S South Africa around East London
- Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; played in 156 test matches (1978–1994), 93 as captain; first Australian batsman to score 10,000 test runs
Word Origin and History for bordering
mid-14c., from Old French bordure "seam, edge of a shield, border," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old English bord "side;" see board (n.2)). The geopolitical sense first attested 1530s, in Scottish (replacing earlier march), from The Borders, name of the district adjoining the boundary between England and Scotland.
c.1400, "to put a border on;" 1640s as "to lie on the border of," from border (n.). Related: Bordered; bordering.