- The outer edge of something .
- A decorative strip around the edge of something .
- A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown .
- The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions .
- ( 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 .
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 )
Explanation of border by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of border by GCIDE Dictionary