- a region in SE Scotland. 1804 sq. mi. (4671 sq. km).
- 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 borders
And Pakistan has a long history of using non-state actors to project power beyond its borders.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children
December 17, 2014
Along with amnesty, our borders were to be secured once and for all.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
Ghanaian soccer player Michael Essien, who plays for AC Milan, has been the subject of what borders on fear mongering.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
Its militants say explicitly they are out to erase the borders that Sykes-Picot established across most of the modern Middle East.
They declared triumphantly they would bulldoze other Western-imposed borders as well.
It's just on the borders of Lenox, and it's bound to come up when this blows over.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
Did you not tell me that on the day when you prepared your borders this man followed you?The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The Indians on the borders of the settled States were troublesome.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
Oh, how stately the hollyhocks towered on the borders of the shrubbery!Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Caesar led his army into Italy to the borders of the Rubicon.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- 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 borders
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.