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

Other Words from border


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shorelines from the border up through Coronado were closed to swimming Thursday as the result of a pipeline that ruptured in Tijuana near Smuggler’s Gulch over the weekend. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 Kelly is now the sole Democrat running to represent what has become the 7th Congressional District, which extends from the Kentucky border through the state’s center and down to the edge of Alabama. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Ongoing; under Ukrainian control Kharkiv, located in northeastern Ukraine about 25 miles from the Russian border, also came under attack in the early days of the war. Grayson Quay, The Week, 4 Aug. 2022 Located just 60 miles from the German border, the original camp housed many German refugees fleeing Soviet troops in the last days of World War II. David Nikel, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The McKinney Fire, which began burning Friday afternoon in Klamath National Forest not far from the California-Oregon border, quickly grew and by Monday morning was at nearly 55,500 acres. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2022 At dawn, police and federal agents with cover from helicopters flying overhead raided a large ranch nestled among the mountains of northern Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico. Sonia PÉrez D., ajc, 2 Aug. 2022 At Martin’s Fork about 10 miles from the state’s southern border with Virginia, water flow was still five times above average levels for this time of year. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 The 9-foot-tall, 22-foot-long skeleton sold Thursday was found in 2018 in the Judith River Formation, a fossil-rich area in Montana about 45 miles from the Canadian border. Vimal Patel,, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ultimate decisions about what happens along the lower river corridor will be made by the county and the 14 cities that border it, many of them impoverished, working-class enclaves. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Kaliningrad is nestled between Poland and Lithuania and does not border Ukraine. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 Feb. 2022 All 4 million visitors a year have to pass through the small towns that border the park’s five entrances. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 17 June 2022 As the Pacific and North American tectonic plates crush and grind against one another, the mountains that border Los Angeles continue to creep upwards faster than gravity can pull them down. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2022 One study will focus on elementary schools with boundaries that border on 700 East and Van Winkle, and the other on the boundaries between Skyline, Olympus and Cottonwood high schools. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 Today, Saratoga Springs, Lehi, Vineyard and other fast-growing cities border the lake, and new subdivisions are pressing against its high waterline. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The Baltic States -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- also border Russia to the west and are members of NATO. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2022 Specific references to real-life Chicago, like a lone mention of the shooting of Laquan McDonald, are so scarce as to border on exploitative. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Border.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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