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verge

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noun \ˈvərj\

Definition of verge

  1. 1a (1) :  a rod or staff carried as an emblem of authority or symbol of office (2) obsolete :  a stick or wand held by a person being admitted to tenancy while he swears fealtyb :  the spindle of a watch balance; especially :  a spindle with pallets in an old vertical escapementc :  the male copulatory organ of any of various invertebrates

  2. 2a :  something that borders, limits, or bounds: such as (1) :  an outer margin of an object or structural part (2) :  the edge of roof covering (as tiling) projecting over the gable of a roof (3) British :  a paved or planted strip of land at the edge of a road :  shoulderb :  brink, threshold a country on the verge of destruction — Archibald MacLeish

Examples of verge in a sentence

  1. the suspect was on the verge of confessing when the officers realized that he hadn't been read his rights

  2. the southern verge of the national park

Origin and Etymology of verge

Middle English, “rod, measuring rod, margin,” borrowed from Anglo-French, “rod, area of jurisdiction,” going back to Latin virga “shoot, twig, rod, line,”; perhaps, if going back to *wiz-g-, akin to Old Norse visk “wisp” — more at 1whisk


First Known Use: 15th century


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verge

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Definition of verge

verged

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verging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be contiguous

  3. 2 :  to be on the verge or border the line where sentiment verges on mawkishness — Thomas Hardy

Origin and Etymology of verge

verbal derivative of 1verge


First Known Use: 1787


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verge

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Definition of verge

verged

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verging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a of the sun :  to move or tend toward the horizon :  sinkb :  to move or extend in some direction or toward some condition verging to a hasty decline — Edward Gibbon

  3. 2 :  to be in transition or change

Origin and Etymology of verge

borrowed from Latin vergere “to move downward, slope down, sink” — more at 1wrench


First Known Use: 1610



VERGE Defined for English Language Learners

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verge

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noun \ˈvərj\

Definition of verge for English Language Learners

  • : an area along the edge of a road, path, etc.


VERGE Defined for Kids

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verge

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noun \ˈvərj\

Definition of verge for Students

  1. 1 :  threshold 2, brink Even when he wasn't smiling, he appeared to be on the verge of doing so … — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean

  2. 2 :  something that borders, limits, or bounds :  edge the verge of a road


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verge

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Definition of verge for Students

verged

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verging

  1. :  to come near to being This verges on madness.


Medical Dictionary

verge

Medical Definition of verge

  1. —see anal verge



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