- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of border
Synonyms for border
- 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
- 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
noun the Border
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.