border

[bawr-der]

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 formsbor·dered, adjectivebor·der·less, adjectivetrans·bor·der, adjectiveun·bor·dered, adjective
Can be confusedboarder border

Synonyms for border

Synonym study

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

Contemporary Examples of borderless

Historical Examples of borderless

  • Her pale face framed in a borderless cap was more wrinkled than a withered russet apple.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The official English marks generally were incuse or stamped in relief with the cypher and crown within a borderless oval.

  • That very first evening my friends plunged into a borderless sea of reminiscences and personal news.

  • Mary opened the door, and her lantern made a golden room of light within the borderless shadow.

    Christmas

    Zona Gale


British Dictionary definitions for borderless

borderless

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

border

noun

a band or margin around or along the edge of something
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
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

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

Border

1

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

Border

2

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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Word Origin and History for borderless

border

n.

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.

border

v.

c.1400, "to put a border on;" 1640s as "to lie on the border of," from border (n.). Related: Bordered; bordering.

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