noun \ˈvərj\

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

Full Definition of VERGE

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
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

  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 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

Related to VERGE

brink, cusp, edge, threshold, point

Rhymes with VERGE


intransitive verb

Definition of VERGE

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

First Known Use of VERGE



intransitive verb

Definition of VERGE

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>
:  to be in transition or change

Origin of VERGE

Latin vergere to bend, incline — more at wrench
First Known Use: 1610


   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VERGE

—see anal verge


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