[ vurj ]
/ vɜrdʒ /
the edge, rim, or margin of something: the verge of a desert; to operate on the verge of fraud.
the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs; brink: on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
a limiting belt, strip, or border of something.
British. a narrow strip of turf bordering on a pathway, sidewalk, roadway, etc.
a decorative border, as on or around an object, structural part, etc.
limited room or scope for something: an action within the verge of one's abilities.
an area or district subject to a particular jurisdiction.
History/Historical. an area or district in England embracing the royal palace, being the jurisdiction of the Marshalsea Court.
the part of a sloping roof that projects beyond the gable wall.
Architecture. the shaft of a column or colonette.
a rod, wand, or staff, especially one carried as an emblem of authority or of the office of a bishop, dean, or the like.
Horology. a palletlike lever formerly used in inexpensive pendulum clocks.
Obsolete. a stick or wand held in the hand of a person swearing fealty to a feudal lord on being admitted as a tenant.
verb (used without object), verged, verg·ing.
to be on the edge or margin; border: Our property verges on theirs.
to come close to or be in transition to some state, quality, etc. (usually followed by on): a statesman who verged on greatness; a situation that verged on disaster.
verb (used with object), verged, verg·ing.
to serve as the verge or boundary of: a high hedge verging the yard.
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Origin of verge1
1350–1400; late Middle English: shaft, column, rod (hence boundary or jurisdiction symbolized by a steward's rod), Middle English: penis < Middle French: rod < Latin virga
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British Dictionary definitions for verge on (1 of 2)
/ (vɜːdʒ) /
an edge or rim; margin
a limit beyond which something occurs; brinkon the verge of ecstasy
British a grass border along a road
an enclosing line, belt, or strip
architect the edge of the roof tiles projecting over a gable
architect the shaft of a classical column
an enclosed space
horology the spindle of a balance wheel in a vertical escapement, found only in very early clocks
English legal history
- the area encompassing the royal court that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Lord High Steward
- a rod or wand carried as a symbol of office or emblem of authority, as in the Church
- a rod held by a person swearing fealty to his lord on becoming a tenant, esp of copyhold land
(intr foll by on) to be near (to)to verge on chaos
(when intr, sometimes foll by on) to serve as the edge of (something)this narrow strip verges the road
Word Origin for verge
C15: from Old French, from Latin virga rod
British Dictionary definitions for verge on (2 of 2)
/ (vɜːdʒ) /
(intr; foll by to or towards) to move or incline in a certain direction
Word Origin for verge
C17: from Latin vergere
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Medicine definitions for verge on
[ vûrj ]
The extreme edge or margin; a border.
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Idioms and Phrases with verge on (1 of 2)
Approach, come close to, as in Her ability verges on genius. [Early 1800s]
Be on the edge or border of, as in Our property verges on conservation land. [Late 1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with verge on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with verge
- verge on
- on the verge of
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