noun bor·der \ˈbr-dər\

: a line separating one country or state from another

: a boundary between places

the border : a specific border

Full Definition of BORDER

:  an outer part or edge
:  an ornamental design at the edge of a fabric or rug
:  a narrow bed of planted ground along the edge of a lawn or walk
:  boundary <crossed the border into Italy>
:  a plain or decorative margin around printed matter
bor·dered \-dərd\ adjective

Examples of BORDER

  1. the border between Poland and Slovenia
  2. He grew up in Malaysia, near the Indonesian border.
  3. They live just beyond the western border of the park.
  4. the border of the Sahara
  5. The quilt is quite plain except for its colorful border.
  6. a broad red border on each plate
  7. He planted pansies in the border.

Origin of BORDER

Middle English bordure, from Anglo-French, from border to border, from Old French bort border, of Germanic origin; probably akin to Old English bord board
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BORDER



: to be next to (a country, state, or area) : to share a border with (a country, state, or area)

: to form a border of (something) : to define the edge of (something)

: to put a border on (something)

bor·deredbor·der·ing \ˈbr-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of BORDER

transitive verb
:  to put a border on
:  to touch at the edge or boundary :  bound <borders the city on the south>
intransitive verb
:  to lie on the border <the United States borders on Canada>
:  to approach the nature of a specified thing :  verge <borders on the ridiculous>
bor·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of BORDER

  1. Their property borders the park.
  2. Tall trees border the avenue.
  3. Two rivers border the city.

First Known Use of BORDER

14th century

Rhymes with BORDER


noun bor·der \ˈbrd-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BORDER

:  an outer part or edge—see brush border


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