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verge

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noun \ˈvərj\

Simple Definition of verge

  • : an area along the edge of a road, path, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of verge

  1. 1 a (1) :  a rod or staff carried as an emblem of authority or symbol of office (2) obsolete :  a stick or wand held by a person being admitted to tenancy while he swears fealty b :  the spindle of a watch balance; especially :  a spindle with pallets in an old vertical escapement c :  the male copulatory organ of any of various invertebrates

  2. 2 a :  something that borders, limits, or bounds: as (1) :  an outer margin of an object or structural part (2) :  the edge of roof covering (as tiling) projecting over the gable of a roof (3) British :  a paved or planted strip of land at the edge of a road :  shoulder b :  brink, threshold <a country on the verge of destruction — Archibald MacLeish>

Examples of verge in a sentence

  1. <the suspect was on the verge of confessing when the officers realized that he hadn't been read his rights>

  2. <the southern verge of the national park>



Origin and Etymology of verge

Middle English, rod, measuring rod, margin, from Anglo-French, rod, area of jurisdiction, from Latin virga twig, rod, line


First Known Use: 15th century


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verge

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Definition of verge

verged

verging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be contiguous

  3. 2 :  to be on the verge or border <the line where sentiment verges on mawkishness — Thomas Hardy>



1787

First Known Use of verge

1787


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verge

verb

Definition of verge

verged

verging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a of the sun :  to move or tend toward the horizon :  sink b :  to move or extend in some direction or toward some condition <verging to a hasty decline — Edward Gibbon>

  3. 2 :  to be in transition or change



Origin and Etymology of verge

Latin vergere to bend, incline — more at wrench


First Known Use: 1610

Rhymes with verge



VERGE Defined for Kids

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verge

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noun \ˈvərj\

Definition of verge for Students

  1. 1 :  threshold 2, brink <Even when he wasn't smiling, he appeared to be on the verge of doing so … — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>

  2. 2 :  something that borders, limits, or bounds :  edge <the verge of a road>




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verge

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verb

Definition of verge for Students

verged

verging

  1. :  to come near to being <This verges on madness.>




Medical Dictionary

verge

Medical Definition of verge

  1. —see anal verge




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