border

noun
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

border

verb
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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Other Words from border

Noun

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

Verb

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 Republicans have criticized Biden and Harris for declining to visit the border. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 In March and April of this year, the number of migrants detained at the US southern border reached a 20-year high. Willy Foote, Forbes, 8 June 2021 In the past three months, a record number of unaccompanied children have entered U.S. custody along the southern border. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 7 June 2021 President Joe Biden assigned Harris to spearhead the effort in March when a record-breaking number of unaccompanied minors were crossing the southern border. Justin Gomez, ABC News, 6 June 2021 The militarization is even more evident on Mexico’s southern border. Dallas News, 6 June 2021 And Vice President Harris is in complete denial that there are serious problems on our southern border. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 5 June 2021 For more than a year, the closure of the southern border to nonessential traffic has sharply limited the number of foreign citizens entering the United States by land. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 While leading a recent GOP delegation to visit the border, Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.) said more government investments in the region wouldn’t deter migrants from making the journey to the U.S. Tarini Parti, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At its smoothest and most over-the-top, Mr. Thomas’s music could border on schmaltz. New York Times, 30 May 2021 As such, my time in those rooms tended to border on performative. Lauren Pinnington, refinery29.com, 17 May 2021 Modern fancams — which stitch together footage of a celebrity crush object from concerts and press events — can border on camp. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 10 May 2021 Ducey dispatches National Guard to border How divided are Arizonans on major issues? Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 23 Apr. 2021 Minnesota United brings fans back on Saturday night and not Sunday morning, but their return after 18 months away nonetheless might border on the spiritual. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 The authors analyze counties that border one another but are in different states and find that counties in states with higher corporate tax rates have less employment and lower wage income. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 All five states that border West Virginia now have a higher rate of doses administered per capita, according to federal data. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 Ducey dispatches National Guard to border How divided are Arizonans on major issues? Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for border

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

11 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Border.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for border

border

noun
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

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 How to pronounce border (audio) \

Medical Definition of border

: an outer part or edge — see brush border

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