bor·​der | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce border (audio) \

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


bordered; bordering\ ˈbȯr-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bordering (audio) \

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


bordered \ ˈbȯr-​dərd How to pronounce bordered (audio) \ adjective


borderer \ ˈbȯr-​dər-​ər How to pronounce borderer (audio) \ noun

Examples of border in a Sentence


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.


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

While thousands of Americans have decried conditions for migrant children at the nation’s southern border, one young Orlando mother decided to do something about it. Kate Santich,, "Winter Garden nonprofit looking for families to help migrant children fleeing violence," 2 July 2019 Several hundred people protested migrant camps Tuesday in San Francisco, calling on the Trump administration to shut down detention facilities along the southern border where hundreds of children are being detained. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Hundreds shut down San Francisco streets to protest migrant camps," 2 July 2019 Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve lies at the community’s southern border. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho Peñasquitos: With tract homes and cul-de-sacs, the quintessential family-friendly suburb," 30 June 2019 Senator Harris, last month more than 130,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border. Time Staff, Time, "Here's What the Candidates Said During Thursday's Dramatic Democratic Presidential Debate," 29 June 2019 The Andes split into three ranges at the southern border. The Economist, "A blocked road cuts Colombia in two," 28 June 2019 Immigration on the southern US border has been marked in recent years by an increase in individuals and families seeking asylum. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Man arrested for smuggling immigrants after answering Craigslist ad," 28 June 2019 Last month, more than 130,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "All 3,520 words spoken by Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke at first Democratic presidential debate," 27 June 2019 The influx of Central American migrants at the southern border has overwhelmed the U.S. immigration system. Anchorage Daily News, "Asylum officers say Trump policy threatens migrants’ lives, ask federal court to end it," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The tribes bought the roughly 9,300-acre ranch that borders the reservation’s west side between Lake Sakakawea and the Little Missouri River in 1999 and converted it to a bison ranch. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 At present, season tickets for the reserved end line sections that border the GA sections start at $240 versus $199 for a GA season ticket. Pat Brennan,, "Why FC Cincinnati is ending general admission seating for the 2020 MLS season at Nippert," 2 July 2019 That pattern differs from the one seen in China’s northern provinces that border North Korea, Wu says. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: North Korea claimed to be free of HIV. But infections appear to be surging," 24 June 2019 Courthouse legend Before the federal charges against Abston, this county that borders Mississippi to the west was mostly known to outsiders as a curiosity for its ghostly face in the courthouse window in Carrollton, the county seat., "Indicted sheriff from Pickens County headed to Brazil on mission trip," 20 June 2019 Thomas Snitch, the director of federal relations at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, avoids the area of western Mozambique that borders Kruger National Park in South Africa. Christopher Elliott, Twin Cities, "Where in the world shouldn’t I go on vacation?," 15 June 2019 The bodies were found in or near a park that borders the river in the city of Mission, Hidalgo County sheriff's Sgt. Anchorage Daily News, "4 border deaths in Texas could be a preview of the summer," 13 June 2019 About a third of the world’s oil tanker traffic passes through the strait, which is bordered by Iran and Oman. Washington Post, "Why the suspected attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman could provoke a full-blown conflict," 13 June 2019 Much of the nightlife has bloomed inside a six-building block of storefronts – bought in December by Asana Partners for $18.5 million – which is bordered by Blanche and Caroline streets and Clare and Elizabeth avenues near Old Okeechobee Road. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of border


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for 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

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bor·​der | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce border (audio) \

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


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.


bor·​der | \ ˈbȯrd-ər How to pronounce border (audio) \

Medical Definition of border

: an outer part or edge — see brush border

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