- 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.
verb (used with object)
- margin account,
- margin call,
- margin line,
- margin of safety,
- margin plank
Origin of margin
Examples from the Web for margin
Sixty-seven Republicans voted against it, a margin in line with estimates of many conservatives from earlier in the day.
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|DAILY BEAST
In the end, Shumlin led by a puny 2,434 votes, less than the 50 percent margin needed for victory under Vermont law.
That sounds pretty impressive, until you consider that, just two years earlier, in 2012, the margin was 44 percent.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent, Colorado voters rejected the “personhood” measure.
And if you look into these pools from above, you may often see it clinging to the rocks round the margin.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
Those who live on the margin of great rivers, or the borders of the sea, will "do business on the great waters."Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The universal veil, if present at all, is seen only on the margin of the pileus like frost or silky dew.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
Some distance up the lake, and close to its margin, is the farm of Mr. McDonnell, thus forming an exception to the general rule.Lands of the Slave and the Free|Henry A. Murray
Arrange your provision packages on the blanket a foot or so from one end and with a margin of a foot or more on either side.Packing and Portaging|Dillon Wallace
archaic margent (ˈmɑːdʒənt)
- 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
Word Origin for margin
mid-14c., "edge of a sea or lake;" late 14c., "space between a block of text and the edge of a page," from Latin marginem (nominative margo) "edge, brink, border, margin," from PIE *merg- "edge, border, boundary" (see mark (n.1)). General sense of "boundary space; rim or edge of anything" is from late 14c. Meaning "comfort allowance, cushion" is from 1851; margin of safety first recorded 1888. Stock market sense of "sum deposited with a broker to cover risk of loss" is from 1848. Related: Margins.
c.1600, "to furnish with marginal notes," from margin (n.). From 1715 as "to furnish with a margin."