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 More sandhill cranes have started living in Illinois close to the Wisconsin border in recent years, especially in McHenry and Lake counties. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2022 The region covers the far southwest corner of Germany, spanning, in its most expansive interpretation, from the cities of Karlsruhe and Pforzheim, down about 100 miles to the Swiss border, and west from the A81 Autobahn to the Rhine river. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Drug seizures along the southern border were down in May in double digits, according to CBP. Luke Barr, ABC News, 16 June 2022 The two-story shelter is in Tijuana’s Zona Norte close to the U.S.-Mexico border. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2022 John McCarry, 69, of Long Beach, was found dead in Panamint Valley on June 1. Death Valley National Park is located east of the Sierra Nevada mountains along the California-Nevada border. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 16 June 2022 The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in cities from Denver to Los Angeles and farmlands from the Rocky Mountains to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 On a recent afternoon, Human Fliers President Vaughn Arrington strode through neighborhoods along the Detroit-Hamtramck border, knocking doors and talking to residents about their options. Nushrat Rahman And Malachi Barrett, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2022 Groups of violent, white-majority vigilante groups are increasingly patrolling areas along the U.S.-Mexico border, posing a risk to migrants and people of color, according to local watchdog groups. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 11 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Expecting a Laker revival is starting to border that old theory of insanity—doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. Jason Gay, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 The move should allow traffic to flow smoothly again over bridges that border the Mexican state, including in El Paso, where long delays and ensuing protests by Mexican truckers led to hourslong waits and temporary closure of three bridges. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2022 Romania has asked its northernmost counties that border Ukraine to provide heating and electricity to existing refugee centers—though local media has questioned whether the nation has the capacity. Dorota Bartyzel, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 Mays said not having a unified response to the pandemic, as was the case in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the three states that border the Navajo Nation, contributed to the spread of COVID-19. Arlyssa Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 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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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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