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  1. the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.

    Synonyms: verge, periphery, rim

  2. the line, limit, or delimiting geographic feature that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another: The largest lake within the borders of Canada is Great Bear Lake.

    You cannot cross the border without a visa.

    The largest lake within the borders of Canada is Great Bear Lake.

  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 United States and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
    2. (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
  6. an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
  7. an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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.



/ ˈbɔːdə /


  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 area

    a herbaceous border


  1. tr to decorate or provide with a border
  2. whenintr, 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



/ ˈbɔːdə /


  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



/ ˈbɔːdə /


  1. BorderAllan (Robert)1955MAustralianSPORT AND GAMES: cricketer 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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  • bor·dered adjective
  • bor·der·less adjective
  • trans·bor·der adjective
  • un·bor·dered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of border1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English bordure, from Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) “to border” (derivative of bord “ship's side, edge,” from Germanic; board ) + -ure noun suffix; -ure

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Word History and Origins

Origin of border1

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

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Synonym Study

See edge. See boundary.

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Example Sentences

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.

Decades of exposure to the elements have left the yellow letters faded and rusting, with holes pockmarking the borders.

A border agent inspected the passports, immediately noticed the different surnames, and asked how Jordan could prove she was the mother.

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.

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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.

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.

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.


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More About Border

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)

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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.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for border?

A. boundary
B. center
C. edge
D. line




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