border

[ bawr-der ]
/ ˈbɔr dər /

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.

Origin of border

1325–75; Middle English bordure < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge < Germanic; see board) + -ure -ure

Related forms

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

Can be confused

boarder border

Synonym study

1. See edge. 2. See boundary.
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Examples from the Web for borderless

British Dictionary definitions for borderless (1 of 4)

borderless

/ (ˈbɔːdəˌlɪs) /

adjective

without a band or margin around or along the edgeborderless prints
(of an island) not divided by a national border
without limitsan intellectual curiosity that seems borderless
(of trade, travel, etc) not constrained by the presence of international bordersa borderless business world

British Dictionary definitions for borderless (2 of 4)

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 borderless (3 of 4)

Border

1
/ (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 borderless (4 of 4)

Border

2
/ (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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