margin

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noun

mar·​gin ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio)
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
3
a
: 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 discourseBarbara L. Packer
living in society's margins
4
a
: 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
margined adjective

margin

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verb

margined; margining; margins

transitive verb

1
a
: to provide with an edging or border
b
: to form a margin to : border
2
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That was confirmed on Sunday as the visitors were shunted out for 122, a losing margin of 434 runs. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Missouri outscored the Rebels (19-6, 6-6) in the paint by a 30-20 margin and recorded more bench points than the home team. Jaden Lewis, Kansas City Star, 17 Feb. 2024 Santa Clara comes to San Diego with the WCC’s third-best offense (76.8 ppg), best defense in terms of points allowed (57.7 ppg), opponent shooting percentage (38.5 percent), opponent 3-point percentage (30.7 percent) as well as the league’s best rebounding margin (12.0). Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 He was sentenced to death by a 10-2 margin for his role in Brown’s murder and by a 9-3 vote for the murder of Wilson. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Jackson sailed to victory in November 2020, winning his congressional seat by a 60-point margin. Michael Kranish, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Martin agrees there’s bound to be a sizable margin of error in doing such a large-scale analysis. Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Sony Music’s margins improved across the board, too. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 The win was monumental in more ways than just the margin of victory on the scoreboard. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
E-commerce is maybe tapped into as a bonus benefit in case someone lands on their site or is done through a partner with very little oversight or control, let alone margin. Brandon Amoroso, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Many investors turned to margin debt to double down on their trades during the rally that swept markets in 2020 and 2021. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 Extreme drops in the crypto markets, like those that followed Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy or a major exchange like FTX collapsing, have led to margin calls on loans that can’t be paid. Quartz, 21 Nov. 2022 Crypto financial products range from stocks and mutual funds to margin loans and bank deposits. Jay Clayton, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 This isn’t the first time Son has linked IPO mandates to margin loans. Ruth David, Bloomberg.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Many of those retail investors who entered the market turned to margin trading to make risky moves in 2020. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 6 July 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Margin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/margin. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

margin

1 of 2 noun
mar·​gin ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio)
1
: the part of a page outside the main body of printed or written matter
2
: boundary area
3
: an extra amount (as of time) allowed for use if needed
margined adjective

margin

2 of 2 verb
1
: to provide with a margin
2
: to form a margin to : border

Medical Definition

margin

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

Legal Definition

margin

noun
mar·​gin ˈmär-jən How to pronounce margin (audio)
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
3
a
: 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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