- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of border
Related formsbor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective
Can be confusedboarder border
Examples from the Web for bordering
Things got so bad a couple of months ago that Omran, along with several of his friends, tried to escape to bordering Egypt.
Since ISIS stormed the city of Mosul bordering Iraqi Kurdistan last week, the Kurds have been on a war footing.
Svein: To be very big on things, bordering on the pretentious, I see it as all of those things.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’|Andrew Romano|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After that he rebuilt it and enlarged its bordering territory from 1.8 to 140 hectares.
The voice, the jingoistic voice, bordering on fascist voice, is what is so very loud now.
Bordering upon this we found a whole hill-side honeycombed with columbaria.From the Oak to the Olive|Julia Ward Howe
Upon the excesses, bordering on insanity, followed the other extreme,—the most rigid abstinence.Woman under socialism|August Bebel
A few belonged to the town and its bordering hamlets—Chanot, Auroy, Grau.A Tatter of Scarlet|S. R. Crockett
Alongside of these creations, all bordering upon what we have called the fixed form, there are practical, objective creations.Essay on the Creative Imagination|Th. Ribot
The entire length of the Danube in or bordering the country is navigable.Area Handbook for Romania|Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for bordering (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