margin

noun
mar·​gin | \ ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio) \

Definition of margin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of a page or sheet outside the main body of printed or written matter
2 : the outside limit and adjoining surface of something : edge at the margin of the woods continental margin
3a : a spare amount or measure or degree allowed or given for contingencies or special situations left no margin for error
b(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 conditions
c : 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
4a : the difference which exists between net sales and the cost of merchandise sold and from which expenses are usually met or profit derived
b : the excess market value of collateral over the face of a loan
c(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 purpose
d : a range about a specified figure within which a purchase is to be made
5 : measure or degree of difference the bill passed by a one-vote margin

margin

verb
margined; margining; margins

Definition of margin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to provide with an edging or border
b : to form a margin to : border
2a : to add margin to margin up an account
b(1) : to use as margin margin bonds to buy stock
(2) : to provide margin for margin a transaction
c : to buy (securities) on margin

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Other Words from margin

Noun

margined \ ˈmär-​jənd How to pronounce margined (audio) \ adjective

Examples of margin in a Sentence

Noun Please write your name in the left margin of the page. a book with wide margins Mountains lie at the city's northern margins. Verb the riverbed is margined by a flat beach of smooth rocks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The commission's executive director, Terrance Sullivan, told USA TODAY that using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the Black population is likely close to half when the margin of error is considered. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Kentucky's Jefferson County has about half of state's Black population," 3 July 2020 But the tracker likely undercounts actual total incidents by a significant margin since so many are kept under wraps and never go public. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Schools Already Struggled With Cybersecurity. Then Came Covid-19," 1 July 2020 Booker also beat McGrath in the state's second-biggest county, Fayette, which reported its vote totals Tuesday morning, but the roughly 3,500-vote margin wasn't as wide. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky US Senate primary: Amy McGrath squeaks out win over Charles Booker," 30 June 2020 Another conducted by Public Policy Polling released June 5 had the same margin. cleveland, "10 battleground states -- including Ohio -- to watch in the 2020 election," 30 June 2020 The Bears got an unearned run in the seventh for the winning margin. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "June 28, 1947: Cal knocks off Yale to win inaugural College World Series," 28 June 2020 Saturday's vote was the big test, though, because of the margin. Emily Wagster Pettus, Anchorage Daily News, "Mississippi takes step toward dropping rebel image from flag," 27 June 2020 Saturday’s vote was the big test, though, because of the margin. Emily Wagster Pettus, BostonGlobe.com, "Mississippi gov: I’d sign bill to remove flag’s rebel emblem," 27 June 2020 The margin of errors in the states ranged from plus or minus 4.1 to 4.6 percentage points. Fox News, "Trump trailing Biden in 6 key battleground states: polls," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even so, Melius Research analyst Scott Davis has argued there’s no structural reason that margins can’t return to the mid-teen levels of yesteryear. Washington Post, "A Once-Core Business for GE and Siemens Shows New Signs of Life," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of margin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for margin

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for margin

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

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Margin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/margin. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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margin

noun
How to pronounce margin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of margin

: 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

noun
mar·​gin | \ ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio) \

Kids Definition of margin

1 : the part of a page or sheet outside the main body of print or writing
2 : border entry 1 sense 2 We walked along the margins of the forest.
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 : a measurement of difference They lost by a small margin.

margin

noun
mar·​gin | \ ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio) \

Medical Definition of margin

1 : the outside limit or edge of something (as a bodily part or a wound)
2 : the part of consciousness at a particular moment that is felt only vaguely and dimly

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margin

noun
mar·​gin | \ ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio) \

Legal Definition of margin

1 : the difference between net sales and the cost of the merchandise sold from which expenses are usually met or profits derived
2 : the amount by which the market value of collateral is greater than the face value of a loan
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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