border

noun
bor·​der | \ˈbȯr-dər \

Definition of border 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer part or edge at the borders of the forest

2 textiles : an ornamental design at the edge of a fabric or rug

3 : a narrow bed of planted ground along the edge of a lawn or walkway a border of tulips

4 : boundary on the border between New York and Canada crossed the border into Italy

5 : a plain or decorative margin around printed matter wedding invitations with a delicate gold leaf border

border

verb
bordered; bordering\ ˈbȯr-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of border (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put a border on a rug bordered with a pattern of leaves bordered the garden with pansies

2 : to touch at the edge or boundary : bound borders the city on the south Slovakia borders Poland.

intransitive verb

1 : to lie on the border the U.S. borders on Canada

2 : to approach the nature of a specified thing : verge borders on the ridiculous

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Other Words from border

Noun

bordered \ ˈbȯr-​dərd \ adjective

Verb

borderer \ ˈbȯr-​dər-​ər \ noun

Examples of border in a Sentence

Noun

He grew up in Malaysia, near the Indonesian border. They live just beyond the western border of the park. the border of the Sahara The quilt is quite plain except for its colorful border. a broad red border on each plate He planted pansies in the border.

Verb

Their property borders the park. Tall trees border the avenue. Two rivers border the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Within months the army had recaptured most big towns, pushing the insurgents into forests or Lake Chad, a mass of swamps where the borders of four countries meet. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 At first, he and his son were placed together in detention at a center in McAllen, a city in Texas near the border with Mexico that has a large facility housing separated immigrant children. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dad separated from son in Michigan: 'A pain in my heart'," 14 July 2018 Prime Minister May rightly is committed to maintaining open borders with Ireland, which in turn were crucial to the 1998 peace accords Britain and Ireland — with the help of U.S. leaders — achieved in Northern Ireland. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 Well, the town was laid out in 1818 by Scottish immigrant John Craig, who named the town after the Cheviot hills straddling the border of England and southern Scotland. Justin Reutter, Cincinnati.com, "Ewe won't believe how Cheviot is celebrating its baaah-centennial," 12 July 2018 The Southeast Houston-area district shares a southern border with Santa Fe ISD, where a 17-year-old gunman opened fire in the district's sole high school, killing 10 and wounding 13. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD security panel opts against metal detectors, armed teachers," 12 July 2018 In recent weeks, Trump bowed to tremendous political pressure and issued an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating migrant children from their parents when families cross the border with Mexico illegally. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 According to the society, the entire preserve is 835 acres with 435 acres across the border in New York. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "10 Miles Of Trails Open 7 Days A Week, 52 Weeks A Year. Sherman's Deer Pond Farm Makes Its Debut," 13 July 2018 The guidance impacts people fleeing domestic violence or gang violence as well as asylum seekers who cross the border illegally. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New guidance for asylum officers could send thousands back from the border," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Ybor City site is bordered by Channelside Drive on the west, 15th Street on the east, 4th Avenue on the north and Adamo Drive on the south. Dick Scanlon, chicagotribune.com, "Rays propose a $900M stadium in Tampa with a translucent roof," 11 July 2018 The Ybor City site is bordered by Channelside Drive on the west, 15th Street on the east, 4th Avenue on the north and Adamo Drive on the south. Dick Scanlon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays propose new stadium in Tampa's Ybor City with translucent roof," 10 July 2018 The Ybor City site is bordered by Channelside Drive on the west, 15th Street on the east, 4th Avenue on the north and Adamo Drive on the south. Dick Scanlon, The Seattle Times, "Rays propose $900M stadium in Tampa with translucent roof," 10 July 2018 The project area was bordered by the Lodge on the east, Trumbull on the west, Bagley on the north, and Lafayette on the south. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 The area of the outage is bordered by the Norwood Lateral, Reading, Seymour and Montgomery roads. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Power outage hit 2,300 in Norwood, Bond Hill," 2 July 2018 The 1,000-acre Harbor District is bordered roughly by South First Street, the lakefront, the Milwaukee River and Bay Street/Becher Street. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Large riverside development site in Milwaukee's Harbor District sold to San Diego investor," 27 June 2018 The northwestern district is roughly bordered by Dixie Highway to the east and Atlantic Boulevard to the south. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "19 candidates running for 6 seats, including mayor, in Pompano Beach," 22 June 2018 Located a few blocks from the beach, the charming property is bordered by a white picket fence. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘A Quiet Place’ composer Marco Beltrami gets in tune with a buyer in the Palisades," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of border

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for border

Noun

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

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More Definitions for border

border

noun
bor·​der | \ˈbȯr-dər \

Kids Definition of border

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a boundary especially of a country or state

2 : the outer edge of something the border of the woods

3 : a decorative strip on or near the edge of something

border

verb
bordered; bordering

Kids Definition of border (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a border on Border the garden with flowers.

2 : to be close or next to The United States borders on Canada.

border

noun
bor·​der | \ˈbȯrd-ər \

Medical Definition of border 

: an outer part or edge — see brush border

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