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Meaning of border by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /bɔədə/ ( Australia )
    • ( RP ) IPA: /bɔːdə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /bɔrdər/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )də( r )
    • Homophone: boarder


    Middle English bordure, from Old French bordure, bordeure, from border ( “to border” ), from bort, bord ( “a border” ), of Germanic origin akin to Middle High German borte ( “border, trim” ), German Borte ( “ribbon, trimming” ). More at board .


    border ( plural: borders )

    1. The outer edge of something .
      a solid 1px border around a table
    2. A decorative strip around the edge of something .
    3. A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown .
    4. The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions .
    5. ( UK ) Short form of border morris or border dancing; a vigorous style of traditional English dance originating from villages along the border between England and Wales, performed by a team of dancers usually with their faces disguised with black make up .

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Explanation of border by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

    2. extend on all sides of simultaneously

    3. enclose in or as if in a frame

    4. provide with a border or edge

    5. form the boundary of

    1. a strip forming the outer edge of something

    2. the rug had a wide blue border
    3. a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge

    4. a line that indicates a boundary

    5. the boundary of a surface

    6. the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

    Definition of border by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Border n. [OE. bordure, F. bordure, fr. border to border, fr. bord a border; of German origin; cf. MHG. borte border, trimming, G. borte trimming, ribbon; akin to E. board in sense 8. See Board, n., and cf. Bordure.]
      1. The outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden, etc.; margin; verge; brink.

      Upon the borders of these solitudes. Bentham.

      In the borders of death. Barrow.

      2. A boundary; a frontier of a state or of the settled part of a country; a frontier district.

      3. A strip or stripe arranged along or near the edge of something, as an ornament or finish.

      4. A narrow flower bed.

      Border land, land on the frontiers of two adjoining countries; debatable land; -- often used figuratively; as, the border land of science. -- The Border, The Borders, specifically, the frontier districts of Scotland and England which lie adjacent. -- Over the border, across the boundary line or frontier.

      Syn. -- Edge; verge; brink; margin; brim; rim; boundary; confine.

    2. Border, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bordered ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bordering.]
      1. To touch at the edge or boundary; to be contiguous or adjacent; -- with on or upon as, Connecticut borders on Massachusetts.

      2. To approach; to come near to; to verge.

      Wit which borders upon profaneness deserves to be branded as folly. Abp. Tillotson.

    3. Border, v. t.
      1. To make a border for; to furnish with a border, as for ornament; as, “to border a garment or a garden”.

      2. To be, or to have, contiguous to; to touch, or be touched, as by a border; to be, or to have, near the limits or boundary; as, “the region borders a forest, or is bordered on the north by a forest”.

      The country is bordered by a broad tract called the “hot region.” Prescott.

      Shebah and Raamah . . . border the sea called the Persian gulf. Sir W. Raleigh.

      3. To confine within bounds; to limit. [Obs.]

      That nature, which contemns its origin,

      Can not be bordered certain in itself. Shak.