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border

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noun bor·der \ ˈbȯr-dər \

Definition of border

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

play \-dərd\ adjective

Examples of border in a Sentence

  1. He grew up in Malaysia, near the Indonesian border.

  2. They live just beyond the western border of the park.

  3. the border of the Sahara

  4. The quilt is quite plain except for its colorful border.

  5. a broad red border on each plate

  6. He planted pansies in the border.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of border

bordered; bordering play \ˈbȯr-d(ə-)riŋ\
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
  • Slovenia 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

borderer

play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of border in a Sentence

  1. Their property borders the park.

  2. Tall trees border the avenue.

  3. Two rivers border the city.

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First Known Use of border

14th century



BORDER Defined for Kids

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border

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noun bor·der \ ˈbȯr-dər \

Definition of border for Students

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

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border

verb

Definition of border for Students

bordered; bordering
1 :to put a border on
  • Border the garden with flowers.
2 :to be close or next to
  • The United States borders on Canada.

Medical Dictionary

border

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noun bor·der \ ˈbȯrd-ər \

medical Definition of border

:an outer part or edge — see brush border


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