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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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

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 Turkish Cypriots would even be able to access those funds even before a peace deal is signed as long as Turkey recognized the borders of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. Washington Post, "Cyprus president: Turkey’s aim for control scuppers peace," 18 Sep. 2019 Park Service archaeologists plan to survey another 1.7 mile section of the park's southern border later this month. Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, park service finds," 17 Sep. 2019 According to his campaign, Trump hopes to appeal to rural voters and Catholic Latinos, particularly those who have entered the country through legal channels or support stricter border laws. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump’s Plan to Turn New Mexico Red Starts With Rio Rancho Rally Tonight," 16 Sep. 2019 The scholarship was established primarily to support CIA students pursuing a semester abroad to dive deep into food cultures across the globe, continuing Bourdain’s legacy of crossing borders and boundaries. Paul Stephen,, "Anthony Bourdain’s estate getting auctioned; preview in New Braunfels," 16 Sep. 2019 Oviedo was one of the first people returned under the program, which began as a pilot at the San Diego-Tijuana border in January 2019, and one of the few who managed to find an attorney to represent him in court. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honduran youth pastor sent to Tijuana under ‘Remain in Mexico’ wins asylum," 16 Sep. 2019 Days 10-14: Chamonix, France Just over the border in France lies Chamonix, a renowned mountain resort that hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 It was replaced by a UK-wide backstop because the Democratic Unionist Party, which propped up her majority, insisted on no new border checks in the Irish Sea. The Economist, "Europe ponders how to avoid blame for no-deal," 12 Sep. 2019 The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. Mark Sherman, The Denver Post, "Supreme Court allows nationwide enforcement of new Trump administration restrictions on asylum seekers," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The location for building is bordered by forests and the restaurant and brewery would include an outdoor garden. Laura Bednar,, "Independence considers adding a brewery and restaurant to the city," 8 Sep. 2019 Tanners Lake is bordered by Oakdale, Landfall and Interstate 94. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Tanners Lake beach in Oakdale closed because of bacteria in the water," 7 Aug. 2019 The courtyard is bordered by Pennsylvania wall stone, where visitors are encouraged to linger. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "As His Wife Lay Dying, an Architect Brought Her Building to Life," 30 July 2019 The fire is bordered by Forest Service Road 140 on the north, FSR 136 to the west and FSR 300 to the south, the Forest Service said. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Bagnal Fire grows to 1,850 acres near Show Low, smoke remains visible," 30 July 2019 The preliminary concept shows a transformation of the 58-acre property, which is bordered by Asylum Avenue and Trout Brook Drive. Emily Brindley,, "Ideanomics reveals design plans for ‘Fintech Village’ at former UConn campus in West Hartford," 22 July 2019 The hotel site is bordered by the library to the west, single-family homes to the north, a shopping plaza anchored by a Ralphs supermarket to the east, and a mix of residential apartments and commercial uses to the south. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Large hotel near San Diego State gets final approval," 9 July 2019 The Midtown Community Council district is bordered by Arctic Boulevard to the west, Fireweed Lane to the north, the Seward Highway to the east and International Airport Road to the south. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Panhandling, drinking and loitering are at a breaking point in Midtown Anchorage, businesses say," 26 June 2019 The property is bordered by Westmoreland and Camp Wisdom Road, Interstate 20 and State Highway 67. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "What to expect this time next year from the $160 million redevelopment of RedBird," 18 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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The first known use of border was in the 14th century

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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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