from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, located at, or constituting a margin, a border, or an edge: the marginal strip of beach; a marginal issue that had no bearing on the election results.
- adj. Being adjacent geographically: states marginal to Canada.
- adj. Written or printed in the margin of a book: marginal notes.
- adj. Barely within a lower standard or limit of quality: marginal writing ability; eked out a marginal existence.
- adj. Economics Having to do with enterprises that produce goods or are capable of producing goods at a rate that barely covers production costs.
- adj. Economics Relating to commodities thus manufactured and sold.
- adj. Psychology Relating to or located at the fringe of consciousness.
- n. One that is considered to be at a lower or outer limit, as of social acceptability: "is fascinated by marginals, by people who live on the edge of society” ( Dan Yakir).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, relating to, or located at or near a margin or edge; also figurative usages of location and margin (edge).
- adj. Determined by a small margin; having a salient characteristic determined by a small margin.
- n. Something that is marginal.
- n. A constituency won with a small margin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a margin.
- adj. Written or printed in the margin.
- adj. At the lower limit; barely sufficient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a margin; situated on or near the margin; specifically, written or printed in the margin of a page: as, a marginal note or gloss.
- n. One of the bones which form the border of the carapace in turtles, except in the Trionychoidea, in which they are lacking: same as marginal plate. See cut under carapace, 1.
- n. In the ammonoid cephalopods, or ammonites, one of the small inflections which sometimes develop on the sides of the antisiphonal lobe of the sutures.
- n. In conchology, one of the outermost teeth on the radula of gastropods; one of the uncini.
- n. In asteroid echinoderms, one of the series of thick plates round the margin of the arms and disk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of questionable or minimal quality
- adj. at or constituting a border or edge
- adj. just barely adequate or within a lower limit
- adj. producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
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