- the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
- the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line: You cannot cross the border without a visa.
- the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
- the frontier of civilization.
- the border,
- the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
- (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
- brink; verge.
- an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
- an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
- a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
- a strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
- the plants growing in such a strip: a border of tulips along the path.
- a narrow curtain or strip of painted canvas hung above the stage, masking the flies and lighting units, and forming the top of the stage set.
verb (used with object)
- to make a border around; adorn with a border.
- to form a border or boundary to.
- to lie on the border of; adjoin.
verb (used without object)
- to form or constitute a border; be next to: California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
- to approach closely in character; verge: The situation borders on tragedy.
- a band or margin around or along the edge of something
- the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
- a region straddling such a boundary
- (as modifier)border country
- a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
- (as modifier)a border illustration
- a long narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, trees, etc, that skirts a path or wall or surrounds a lawn or other areaa herbaceous border
- (tr) to decorate or provide with a border
- (when intr , foll by on or upon)
- to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)his land borders on mine
- to be nearly the same (as); verge (on)his stupidity borders on madness
noun the Border
- (often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
- the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
- the region in S South Africa around East London
- Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; played in 156 test matches (1978–1994), 93 as captain; first Australian batsman to score 10,000 test runs
mid-14c., from Old French bordure “seam, edge of a shield, border,” from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (cf. Old English bord “side;” see (n.2)). The geopolitical sense first attested 1530s, in Scottish (replacing earlier march), from The Borders, name of the district adjoining the boundary between England and Scotland.
c.1400, “to put a border on;” 1640s as “to lie on the border of,” from Bordered; bordering.(n.). Related: