Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A part that forms the outer edge of something.
  • noun A decorative strip around the edge of something, such as fabric.
  • noun A strip of ground, as at the edge of a garden or walk, in which ornamental plants or shrubs are planted.
  • noun The line or frontier area separating political divisions or geographic regions; a boundary.
  • intransitive verb To lie along or adjacent to the border of.
  • intransitive verb To put a border on.
  • intransitive verb To lie adjacent to another.
  • intransitive verb To be almost like another in character.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a border about; adorn with a border: as, to border a garment or a garden.
  • To form a border or boundary to.
  • To lie on the border of; be contiguous to; adjoin; lie next.
  • To confine or keep within bounds; limit.
  • To have a contiguous boundary or dividing line; abut exteriorly: with on or upon: as, the United States border on the two great oceans.
  • noun A side, edge, brink, or margin; a limit or boundary.
  • noun The line which separates one country, state, or province from another; a frontier line or march.
  • noun The district or territory which lies along the edge or boundary-line of a country; the frontier; specifically, in the plural, the marches or border districts: hence, in English and Scottish history, “the borders,” the districts adjoining the line separating the two countries.
  • noun Territory; domain.
  • noun Figuratively, a limit, boundary, or verge; brink: as, he is on the border of threescore; driven by disaster to the border of despair; “in the borders of death,”
  • noun A strip, band, or edging surrounding any general area or plane surface, or placed along its margin, and differing from it by some well-defined character, as in material, color, design, or purpose.
  • noun In heraldry, the outer edge of the field when of different tincture from the center. Its width is uniform, and should be one fifth the width of the field. French heralds consider the border as one of the ordinaries; in English heraldry it is sometimes a mark of difference. The border always covers the end of any ordinary, as the chevron, fess, etc. When a coat of arms is impaled with another, if either of them has a border, it is not carried along the pale, but surrounds the outside of the field only. The border when charged with an ordinary shows only so much of the ordinary as comes naturally upon that part of the field occupied by the border; thus, the cut represents a border paly of six pieces, azure and argent.
  • noun A plait or braid of hair worn round the forehead.
  • noun In milling, a hoop, rim, or curb about a bedstone or bed-plate, which prevents the meal from falling off except at the proper opening.
  • noun plural The portions of scenery in a theater which hang from above and represent foliage, clouds, beams, etc.
  • Of or pertaining to the border of a country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To touch at the edge or boundary; to be contiguous or adjacent; -- with on or upon as, Connecticut borders on Massachusetts.
  • intransitive verb To approach; to come near to; to verge.
  • transitive verb To make a border for; to furnish with a border, as for ornament.
  • transitive verb To be, or to have, contiguous to; to touch, or be touched, as by a border; to be, or to have, near the limits or boundary.
  • transitive verb obsolete To confine within bounds; to limit.
  • noun The outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden, etc.; margin; verge; brink.
  • noun A boundary; a frontier of a state or of the settled part of a country; a frontier district.
  • noun A strip or stripe arranged along or near the edge of something, as an ornament or finish.
  • noun A narrow flower bed.
  • noun land on the frontiers of two adjoining countries; debatable land; -- often used figuratively; as, the border land of science.
  • noun specifically, the frontier districts of Scotland and England which lie adjacent.
  • noun across the boundary line or frontier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The outer edge of something.
  • noun A decorative strip around the edge of something.
  • noun A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown.
  • noun The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions.
  • noun UK Short form of border morris or border dancing; a vigorous style of traditional English dance originating from villages along the border between England and Wales, performed by a team of dancers usually with their faces disguised with black makeup.
  • verb transitive To put a border on something.
  • verb transitive To lie on, or adjacent to a border.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a strip forming the outer edge of something
  • noun a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge
  • verb enclose in or as if in a frame
  • verb extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  • noun the boundary of a surface
  • noun the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bordure, from Old French bordeure, from border, to border, from bort, border, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English bordure, from Old French bordure, bordeure, from border ("to border"), from bort, bord ("a border"), of Germanic origin akin to Middle High German borte ("border, trim"), German Borte ("ribbon, trimming"). More at board.

Examples

  • Shift+Esc or to right click on the the title border of Chromium and select it, or take the log way round the houses and click on the page button: → developer → task manager:

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  • Shift+Esc or to right click on the the title border of Chromium and select it, or take the log way round the houses and click on the page button: → developer → task manager:

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  • Shift+Esc or to right click on the the title border of Chromium and select it, or take the log way round the houses and click on the page button: → developer → task manager:

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  • Shift+Esc or to right click on the the title border of Chromium and select it, or take the log way round the houses and click on the page button: → developer → task manager:

    LXer Linux News

  • Shift+Esc or to right click on the the title border of Chromium and select it, or take the log way round the houses and click on the page button: → developer → task manager:

    LXer Linux News

  • And lest no one forget, the US Canada border is the longest undefended border in the world.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » It’s Not Over When it’s Over

  • Assuming you are driving south on IH 35, the best place to cross the border is the place you have always crossed.

    Best place to cross the border (TX)?

  • The migration of two million herbivores crossing the Serengeti-Mara border is a natural wonder.

    Maria Russo: Tanzania's Highway Plan: Will This End the Great Migration?

  • Assuming you are driving south on IH 35, the best place to cross the border is the place you have always crossed.

    Best place to cross the border (TX)?

  • The hole in the border is a little sad, but will be unnoticeable once you mend it, I'm sure.

    Jean's Knitting

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