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 margin (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 Its gross profit margin slipped to 31.7% from 34.5% the prior year. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, 9 June 2021 In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump lost the commonwealth, which was considered a presidential battleground, by about five points, but in 2020, his losing margin nearly doubled. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 9 June 2021 Big Brown, the 1-4 favorite, is eased up in the homestretch by jockey Kent Desormeaux finishing so far behind at the end that his margin of defeat isn’t even charted. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Randal Grichuk homered for Toronto, which absorbed its largest margin of defeat since a 20-6 loss at Yankee Stadium last Sept. 15. Mike Haim, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Davis scored 18 points in the third quarter while staking the Lakers to a 17-point lead, and Wesley Matthews hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter while Los Angeles pushed its margin to 21. Greg Beacham, ajc, 28 May 2021 Companies gain one point for showing an increase in their gross margin and another point if their asset turnover has increased over the last fiscal year. Derek Hageman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Their minus-7 margin was nothing like those of fellow first-place teams, the White Sox (plus-72) and Red Sox (plus-37). Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021 Peltz then claimed his seat with a margin of 42,780 votes, or roughly 0.0016% of the consumer giant’s outstanding shares, the inspector determined. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Factors such as product mix and revenue management, as well as better demand planning helped, and the company will now double down on segments that are accretive to margin such as e-commerce and skincare. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 10 May 2021 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, 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Margin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/margin. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for margin

margin

noun

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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