'border': English: [ˈbɔːdə], Scottish: [ˈbɔːrdər]; 'Border': [ˈbɔːdə]
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bor•der /ˈbɔrdɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the part or edge of a surface that forms its outer boundary:a book with a red cover and a black border; a border of flowers across their front lawn.
- the line that separates one country, province, etc., from another:The border between the two countries cuts across this mountain range.
- the land that lies along the boundary line:The pilots were able to flee across the border into Switzerland.
- to form a border along:[~ + object]Tall trees bordered the road.
- to lie on the border (of);
share a border (with): [~ + object]Sweden borders Norway and Finland.[~ + on + object]Sweden borders on Norway and Finland.
- border on, [~ + on + object] to approach (something) closely in character;
be almost the same as: This ridiculous situation borders on comedy.
(bôr′dər),USA pronunciation n.
- 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, esp. along the Rio Grande.
- (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
- an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
- Clothingan ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
- Botanya long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
- Botanya strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
- Botanythe plants growing in such a strip:a border of tulips along the path.
- Show Business[Theat.]
- 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.
- See border light.
- to make a border around;
adorn with a border.
- to form a border or boundary to.
- to lie on the border of;
- 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.
- Gmc; see board) + -ure -ure
- Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent. to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge
- Middle English bordure 1325–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rim, periphery, verge. See edge.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See boundary.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
border /ˈbɔːdə/ n
- 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
- a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
- a long narrow strip of ground planted with flowers, shrubs, trees, etc, that skirts a path or wall or surrounds a lawn or other area: a herbaceous border
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board
- (transitive) to decorate or provide with a border
- when intr, followed by on or upon: to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)
- to be nearly the same (as); verge (on): his stupidity borders on madness
Border /ˈbɔːdə/ n 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
Border /ˈbɔːdə/ n
- Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; captain of Australia (1985–94)
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