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


borderer \ ˈbȯr-​dər-​ər How to pronounce border (audio) \ 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 Recently, at his first news conference, Biden tried to dispute the idea that the border is overrun. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "It’s time to mediate the immigration crisis at the border," 4 Apr. 2021 The border was a prime topic of conversation on the latest episode of the Express-News’s Puro Politics podcast. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Podcast: Rep. Cuellar faults both parties for border challenges," 1 Apr. 2021 Top Biden administration officials have repeatedly indicated that the border is closed but have remained adamant that unaccompanied minors will not be expelled from the country. Thomas Barrabi, Fox News, "Fort Bliss overflow site receiving 500 unaccompanied minors amid border surge," 31 Mar. 2021 Republicans have claimed the announcement reinforced the message to would-be migrants that the border is open. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Breaking down the blame game on the border," 30 Mar. 2021 The border between the two countries is closed, although officials said earlier in the pandemic that some people were defying the closure, according to Radio New Zealand. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "This country only has about 500 doctors for 9 million people. Now it's dealing with a Covid outbreak," 27 Mar. 2021 Those teams meet Sunday in Tampa, Florida, the Raptors’ home this season because the U.S.-Canadian border is closed because of the pandemic. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Trade deadline passes, and Kyle Lowry remains with Raptors," 25 Mar. 2021 The previous official hours of operation through the Tecate border crossing were 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CBP announces new hours of operation at the Tecate Port of Entry," 22 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration has repeatedly maintained that the border is closed, but that hasn't stopped migrants from coming. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Unwelcome to Miami," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a major shift, Bamar youth, like Zarni Win, are traveling to border areas to join some of the largest ethnic armed groups. Emily Fishbein, Time, "As Myanmar's Junta Intensifies Its Crackdown, Pro-Democracy Protesters Prepare for Civil War," 7 Apr. 2021 But all states that border Wisconsin — Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan — are already vaccinating people under 65 with medical conditions or disabilities. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's where Wisconsin's neighboring states are on vaccine eligibility and how they compare to us," 18 Mar. 2021 Louisville Metro Council President David James and Councilwoman Donna Purvis, whose districts border the store, have been vocal in calling for Dino's closure. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Dino's Food Mart not giving up as judge mulls order for it to vacate Louisville property," 19 Mar. 2021 Brennan does, however, include others that border on incredulous but absolutely happened. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "The true stories of 12 notorious Alaska murder cases makes for a chilling, but gripping read," 13 Mar. 2021 According to the city’s plan, mixed-use buildings up to 74 feet tall will border the plaza, with retail on the ground floor and housing or offices above. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Millcreek city starts work on plaza that includes an ice skating rink," 12 Mar. 2021 Sure, these pieces may border on looking like thick belts, but after seasons of midi and maxi skirts, why not show off some leg? Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "The Biggest Fashion Trends Of Spring 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 The proposal does not contain as many concessions to border security as previous bipartisan bills attempted as recently as when Biden was vice president under former President Barack Obama. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Southern border crisis might sink Biden immigration plan," 15 Mar. 2021 Despite all the complexities and intricate strategy of a modern pro football season, some of the most imperative evaluations still border on the rudimentary. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Can’t Measure Heart? N.F.L. Teams Are Trying," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of border was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Border.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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