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 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

Noun

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

Verb

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 But long reaches of the river, which runs along the Minnesota and Wisconsin border, still have too much nutrient pollution from runoff and urban development to meet health and environmental standards. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "St. Croix River water quality improving, phosphorus pollution remains a threat," 16 Oct. 2020 His portfolio is expansive, including money exchanges, property along the border with Mexico, and assisted living facilities. al, "How George Wallace helped Kanye West get on the California ballot," 16 Oct. 2020 The district stretches from Goodyear all the way south to Yuma, extends east along the border and curls up into the southern side of Tucson. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Republicans are on defense to hold the Legislature, but here's where they see opportunity," 14 Oct. 2020 Similar restrictions went into effect along the U.S.-Canada border with exemptions for trade. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "U.S.-Canada border will remain closed until COVID-19 cases drop in U.S., says Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau," 14 Oct. 2020 Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has ramped its infrastructure along the border. Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Bloomberg.com, "India’s New Bridges May Worsen Standoff Along Tense China Border," 12 Oct. 2020 The county is a farming region along the Mexican border that, at one point, had California’s highest infection rate. Gene Johnson And Peter Prengaman, chicagotribune.com, "Pandemic survivors enraged by President Trump’s ‘Don’t be afraid of Covid’ tweet: ‘That behavior is an embarrassment’," 6 Oct. 2020 The decision roiled the prosecutors along the border. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said," 6 Oct. 2020 But a remnant population later was discovered in a small brook along the Nevada-Utah border. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nevada dam changes give rare trout new life 115 years later," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Notably, of the five states that border Illinois, all have higher hospitalization rates and all but one have higher death rates. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 numbers are rising in Illinois. How worried should the Chicago area be?," 16 Oct. 2020 Three counties that border the region have among the highest infection rates in the country. Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg.com, "Northern Ireland to Close Schools, Bars to Curb Virus Spread," 14 Oct. 2020 Manhart and his buddies hunt a milk run of public spots that border private crop fields. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Easiest Way to Hunt Elk on Public Land," 23 Sep. 2020 In 2018, Broadview Heights Historical Society member Don Faulhaber called on Chippewa Garden Club to design and consult on proper horticulture to border a historical plaque marker to commemorate Brecksville Township’s first settler site. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Historical North Royalton High School bell tower to toll on: Talk of the Towns," 11 Sep. 2020 These factors show that this particular place is unique and has meaningful cultivation differences from the areas that border it. Marcus Crowder, SFChronicle.com, "New appellations would celebrate individual terroir of cannabis strains," 22 Sep. 2020 The most degraded areas border two federal highways in the south of Amazonas. CNN, "Tens of thousands of fires are pushing the Amazon to a tipping point," 10 Sep. 2020 According to the latest census estimates, fewer than 7% of Wisconsin residents are Black, the lowest percentage among the eight states that border the Great Lakes. Star Tribune, "Police shooting spotlights police spending in Wisconsin," 5 Sep. 2020 Many of Missy’s music videos border on sensory overload, for all their eye-popping and face-bending visuals. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020

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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

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Border.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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