- the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
- the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa.
- the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
- the frontier of civilization.
- the border,
- 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.
- brink; verge.
- an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
- an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
- 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.
- to make a border around; adorn with a border.
- to form a border or boundary to.
- to lie on the border of; adjoin.
- 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
Synonyms for borderSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for borderlessundetermined, general, inconclusive, indefinite, indistinct, inexact, undefined, unspecified, borderless, imprecise, unfixed, unstipulated
Examples from the Web for borderless
Contemporary Examples of borderless
The powerful images served as a heart-wrenching reminder of borderless humanity and the reach of social media.The Man Syria’s Jihadists Want Dead
January 30, 2014
Is writing simply a borderless act or can we ascribe a closed-circuit origin to it?Do National Writers Still Exist?
November 28, 2010
The simplistic explanation, that the battlefield is a borderless region, is disingenuous.Holbrooke's Dangerous Game in Pakistan
February 4, 2009
Historical Examples of borderless
Her pale face framed in a borderless cap was more wrinkled than a withered russet apple.Madame Bovary
The official English marks generally were incuse or stamped in relief with the cypher and crown within a borderless oval.Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology
Ivor Noel Hume
That very first evening my friends plunged into a borderless sea of reminiscences and personal news.The Country of the Pointed Firs
Sarah Orne Jewett
Mary opened the door, and her lantern made a golden room of light within the borderless shadow.Christmas
- 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
- a band or margin around or along the edge of something
- the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
- 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
- a long narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, trees, etc, that skirts a path or wall or surrounds a lawn or other areaa herbaceous border
- (tr) to decorate or provide with a border
- (when intr , foll by on or upon)
- 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
Word Origin for 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for borderless
mid-14c., from Old French bordure "seam, edge of a shield, border," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old English bord "side;" see board (n.2)). The geopolitical sense first attested 1530s, in Scottish (replacing earlier march), from The Borders, name of the district adjoining the boundary between England and Scotland.
c.1400, "to put a border on;" 1640s as "to lie on the border of," from border (n.). Related: Bordered; bordering.