the space around the printed or written matter on a page.
an amount allowed or available beyond what is actually necessary: to allow a margin for error.
a limit in condition, capacity, etc., beyond or below which something ceases to exist, be desirable, or be possible: the margin of endurance; the margin of sanity.
a border or edge.
Philately. selvage (def. 3).
security, as a percentage in money, deposited with a broker by a client as a provision against loss on transactions.
the amount representing the customer's investment or equity in such an account.
the difference between the amount of a loan and the market value of the collateral pledged as security for it.
Commerce. the difference between the cost and the selling price.
an amount or degree of difference: The measure passed by a margin of just three votes.
Economics. the point at which the return from economic activity barely covers the cost of production, and below which production is unprofitable.
Entomology. the border of an insect's wing.
to provide with a margin or border.
to furnish with marginal notes, as a document.
to enter in the margin, as of a book.
Finance. to deposit a margin upon.
Stock Exchange. to purchase (securities) on margin: That stock was heavily margined during the last month.
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How to use margin in a sentence
The poll finds Biden leads 57 percent to 41 percent among Minnesota likely voters, a 16-point margin that contrasts with Biden’s six-point edge in a Post-ABC poll conducted in Wisconsin over the same period.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Baber, not the auditor, wrote the recommendations, and those that passed did so on thin margins, while others didn’t get enough support to go to the full board.
In some cases, this uptick was within the polls’ margins of error, but the overall upward trend was still pretty clear.Trump And Biden Both Got Small Convention Bounces. But Only Biden Got More Popular. | Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org) | September 11, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The number of wins divided by the total number of draws represents a simulated probability of a GOP win given the poll’s margin.The Forecast: The Methodology Behind Our 2020 Election Model | Daniel Malloy | September 10, 2020 | Ozy
The Packers are favorites by a razor-thin margin after coming within a game of the Super Bowl last year, though they did little to improve around Aaron Rodgers while the 36-year-old still has good seasons left in the tank.What To Watch For In An Abnormally Normal 2020 NFL Season | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | September 9, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The citizens of Stevens Point defeated fluoridation by a healthy margin.
Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.
Sixty-seven Republicans voted against it, a margin in line with estimates of many conservatives from earlier in the day.
Being in an indie band is running a never-ending, rewarding, scary, low-margin small business.
We believe in Him by a landslide 74 percent to 26 percent margin.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam | P. J. O’Rourke | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This paper was noted here and there on the margin, and had been obviously carefully read.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The comparison of the cost of production, therefore, with the value of the raw material, shows a very large margin of profit.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
Along the sea-margin of the tongue of land between the rivers Mersey and Dee, the sand has been thrown up in domes.
He likens the walls to the page of a book, in which the glose, or commentary, was often written in the margin.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
On the other side was a narrow margin, and then a sheer wall of hills in exquisite verdure.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for margin
an edge or rim, and the area immediately adjacent to it; border
the blank space surrounding the text on a page
a vertical line on a page, esp one on the left-hand side, delineating this space
an additional amount or one beyond the minimum necessary: a margin of error
mainly Australian a payment made in addition to a basic wage, esp for special skill or responsibility
a bound or limit
the amount by which one thing differs from another: a large margin separated the parties
commerce the profit on a transaction
economics the minimum return below which an enterprise becomes unprofitable
collateral deposited by a client with a broker as security
the excess of the value of a loan's collateral over the value of the loan
to provide with a margin; border
finance to deposit a margin upon
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