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margin

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noun mar·gin \ˈmär-jən\

Definition of margin

  1. 1 :  the part of a page or sheet outside the main body of printed or written matter

  2. 2 :  the outside limit and adjoining surface of something :  edge at the margin of the woods continental margin

  3. 3a :  a spare amount or measure or degree allowed or given for contingencies or special situations left no margin for errorb (1) :  a bare minimum below which or an extreme limit beyond which something becomes impossible or is no longer desirable on the margin of good taste (2) :  the limit below which economic activity cannot be continued under normal conditionsc :  an area, state, or condition excluded from or existing outside the mainstream the margins of critical discourse — Barbara L. Packer living in society's margins

  4. 4a :  the difference which exists between net sales and the cost of merchandise sold and from which expenses are usually met or profit derivedb :  the excess market value of collateral over the face of a loanc (1) :  cash or collateral that is deposited by a client with a commodity or securities broker to protect the broker from loss on a contract (2) :  the client's equity in securities bought with the aid of credit obtained specifically (as from a broker) for that purposed :  a range about a specified figure within which a purchase is to be made

  5. 5 :  measure or degree of difference the bill passed by a one-vote margin

margined

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Examples of margin in a Sentence

  1. Please write your name in the left margin of the page.

  2. a book with wide margins

  3. Mountains lie at the city's northern margins.

Origin and Etymology of margin

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin margin-, margo border — more at mark


First Known Use: 14th century


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margin

verb mar·gin

Definition of margin

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide with an edging or borderb :  to form a margin to :  border

  3. 2a :  to add margin to margin up an accountb (1) :  to use as margin margin bonds to buy stock (2) :  to provide margin for margin a transactionc :  to buy (securities) on margin

Examples of margin in a Sentence

  1. the riverbed is margined by a flat beach of smooth rocks

1715

First Known Use of margin

1715



MARGIN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of margin for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a page that is above, below, or to the side of the printed part

  • : the place where something (such as a piece of land) stops : the edge of something

  • : an extra amount of something (such as time or space) that can be used if it is needed


MARGIN Defined for Kids

margin

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noun mar·gin \ˈmär-jən\

Definition of margin for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of a page or sheet outside the main body of print or writing

  2. 2 :  1border 2 We walked along the margins of the forest.

  3. 3 :  an extra amount (as of time or money) allowed for use if needed We have a margin of five minutes before the bus leaves.

  4. 4 :  a measurement of difference They lost by a small margin.


Medical Dictionary

margin

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noun mar·gin \ˈmär-jən\

Medical Definition of margin

  1. 1:  the outside limit or edge of something (as a bodily part or a wound)

  2. 2:  the part of consciousness at a particular moment that is felt only vaguely and dimly


Law Dictionary

margin

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noun mar·gin \ˈmär-jən\

Legal Definition of margin

  1. 1 :  the difference between net sales and the cost of the merchandise sold from which expenses are usually met or profits derived

  2. 2 :  the amount by which the market value of collateral is greater than the face value of a loan

  3. 3a :  cash or collateral deposited in a regulated amount by a client with a broker who is financing the purchase of securities — see also regulation t b :  a deposit made with a broker by a client who is trading in futures



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