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border

[ bawr-der ]
/ ˈbɔr dər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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.

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Origin of border

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; see board) + -ure noun suffix; see -ure

synonym study for border

1. See edge. 2. See boundary.

OTHER WORDS FROM border

bor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH border

boarder, 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)

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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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British Dictionary definitions for border (1 of 3)

border
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

noun
verb
(tr) to decorate or provide with a border
(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 for border

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

British Dictionary definitions for border (2 of 3)

Border1
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

noun the Border
(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

British Dictionary definitions for border (3 of 3)

Border2
/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

noun
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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