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border

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noun
  1. the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
  2. the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa.
  3. the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
  4. the frontier of civilization.
  5. the border,
    1. the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
    2. (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
  6. brink; verge.
  7. an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
  8. an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
  9. Horticulture.
    1. a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
    2. 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.
    3. the plants growing in such a strip: a border of tulips along the path.
  10. Theater.
    1. 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.
    2. border light.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make a border around; adorn with a border.
  2. to form a border or boundary to.
  3. to lie on the border of; adjoin.
verb (used without object)
  1. to form or constitute a border; be next to: California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
  2. to approach closely in character; verge: The situation borders on tragedy.

Origin of border

1325–75; Middle English bordure < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge < Germanic; see board) + -ure -ure
Related formsbor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective
Can be confusedboarder border

Synonyms

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1. rim, periphery, verge.

Synonym study

1. See edge. 2. See boundary.
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Examples from the Web for borderless

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Her pale face framed in a borderless cap was more wrinkled than a withered russet apple.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The official English marks generally were incuse or stamped in relief with the cypher and crown within a borderless oval.

  • That very first evening my friends plunged into a borderless sea of reminiscences and personal news.

  • Mary opened the door, and her lantern made a golden room of light within the borderless shadow.

    Christmas

    Zona Gale


British Dictionary definitions for borderless

borderless

adjective
  1. without a band or margin around or along the edgeborderless prints
  2. (of an island) not divided by a national border
  3. without limitsan intellectual curiosity that seems borderless
  4. (of trade, travel, etc) not constrained by the presence of international bordersa borderless business world

border

noun
  1. a band or margin around or along the edge of something
  2. the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
    1. a region straddling such a boundary
    2. (as modifier)border country
    1. a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
    2. (as modifier)a border illustration
  3. 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
verb
  1. (tr) to decorate or provide with a border
  2. (when intr , foll by on or upon)
    1. to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)his land borders on mine
    2. to be nearly the same (as); verge (on)his stupidity borders on madness

Word Origin

C14: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board

Border1

noun the Border
  1. (often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
  2. the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  3. the region in S South Africa around East London

Border2

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for borderless

border

n.

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.

border

v.

c.1400, "to put a border on;" 1640s as "to lie on the border of," from border (n.). Related: Bordered; bordering.

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