- the border between the United States and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
- (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
- 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.
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Origin of border
OTHER WORDS FROM borderbor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH borderboarder, border
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What does border mean?
A border is the outer edge of a surface or image that marks its boundary in reference to others, such as a border you draw around a picture.
A border is also a line that acts as a boundary between two or more geographic areas, whether it’s small areas, like between neighbors on the same street, or large areas, like between countries.
To border often means to create a border, as on a picture.
To border can also mean to form a border or to be next to one, as in Maine borders New Hampshire to the west and south and Canada to the north and east.
Example: The border around the image is quite interesting, but I don’t think it fits the piece.
Where does border come from?
The first records of the term border come from the mid-1300s. It ultimately comes from the Old French bord.
Borders are used in a variety of places to create boundaries or separations. Garden borders are narrow strips of land with flowers, shrubs, and other plants in them. In a theater, a border is a narrow curtain or strip of painted canvas that runs along the top of the stage. In the United States, someone refers to “the border,” they likely mean the border between the US and Mexico.
Too, if you’re close to winning a game, someone might say you are bordering on winning, figuratively standing on a line between winning and losing.
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What are some other forms related to border?
- bordered (adjective)
- borderless (adjective)
- transborder (adjective)
- unbordered (adjective)
What are some synonyms for border?
What are some words that share a root or word element with border?
What are some words that often get used in discussing border?
What are some words border may be commonly confused with?
How is border used in real life?
Border more commonly used to refer to both ornamental boundaries, such as on paper, and land boundaries, particularly those that are argued about.
Light rail is such an effortless commute that it now feels like Downtown and Columbia City border each other.
— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) August 22, 2009
My location switches constantly. That’s what I get for living on a city border.
— Christine Romero-Chan 📱🗝🏰 (@christyxcore) July 23, 2012
Very lucky to live in a country as beautiful, diverse, tolerant & welcoming as Canada. Ocean-to-ocean, border-to-border, ain't none better.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) July 1, 2013
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How to use border in a sentence
KPBS also reports that federal officials have proposed spending up to $300 million on pollution control projects at the border, but it remains unclear when those projects will begin.
Similar tests have been carried out by other research groups, usually using border collies.Is your dog actually smart? Depends on its memory.|By Jan Hoole/The Conversation|February 8, 2021|Popular-Science
Decades of exposure to the elements have left the yellow letters faded and rusting, with holes pockmarking the borders.Domino Sugar is replacing its massive neon landmark in Baltimore — and hopes no one will notice a difference|Colin Campbell|February 7, 2021|Washington Post
A border agent inspected the passports, immediately noticed the different surnames, and asked how Jordan could prove she was the mother.If you’re a solo parent traveling internationally with your kids, be ready for this question|Gina Rich|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
This follows the company’s CEO and founder Henry Blodget’s ambitions to grow the publication’s reach beyond the business borders to a broader population.Media Briefing: Media companies’ DE&I follow-throughs fall short|Tim Peterson|February 4, 2021|Digiday
From there we took the train to Nice, France, but the French border control caught us and sent us back to Italy.
Shrubs and small trees dot a parched landscape along the road from Turbat to the border.
A few weeks later, the militants carried out a series of raids on border posts, killing five Iranian policemen.
Saleem believes that the strike came from a nearby airbase across the Iranian border.
Maula Bux himself was killed in 2006, after being lured across the border by Iranian forces on the pretext of a drug deal.
A border feud at Reedsquair, between the English and Scottish marchmen, in which the former were completely beaten.
A few minutes, and he would perhaps have slipped across the border—when something startled him into sudden life again.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
For the cry is gone round about the border of Moab: the howling thereof unto Gallim, and unto the well of Elim the cry thereof.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He was one of the most daring, brave and intrepid officers of the army, and his adventures almost border on romance.
The Allegheny Mountains border Virginia along the west and numerous high, narrow ridges are found here.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for border (1 of 3)
- 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
- 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