What does border mean?

Definitions for border
ˈbɔr dərbor·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word border.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boundary line, border, borderline, delimitation, metenoun

    a line that indicates a boundary

  2. margin, border, perimeternoun

    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

  3. edge, bordernoun

    the boundary of a surface

  4. molding, moulding, bordernoun

    a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge

  5. borderverb

    a strip forming the outer edge of something

    "the rug had a wide blue border"

  6. surround, environ, ring, skirt, borderverb

    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

    "The forest surrounds my property"

  7. bound, borderverb

    form the boundary of; be contiguous to

  8. frame, frame in, borderverb

    enclose in or as if in a frame

    "frame a picture"

  9. border, edgeverb

    provide with a border or edge

    "edge the tablecloth with embroidery"

  10. border, adjoin, edge, abut, march, butt, butt against, butt onverb

    lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

    "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland"


  1. bordernoun

    The outer edge of something.

    a solid 1px border around a table

  2. bordernoun

    A decorative strip around the edge of something.

    There's a nice frilly border around the picture frame.

  3. bordernoun

    A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown.

  4. bordernoun

    The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions.

    The border between Canada and USA is the longest in the world.

  5. bordernoun

    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 makeup.

  6. borderverb

    To put a border on something.

  7. borderverb

    To lie on, or adjacent to a border.

    Denmark borders Germany to the south

  8. Etymology: bordure, from bordure, bordeure, from border, from bort, bord, of origin akin to borte, Borte. More at board.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BORDERnoun

    Etymology: bord, Germ. bord, Fr.

    They have, of Paris work, looking-glasses, bordered with broad borders of crystal, and great counterfeit precious stones. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist. №. 960.

    The light must strike on the middle, and extend its greatest clearness on the principal figures; diminishing by degrees, as it comes nearer and nearer to the borders. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    If a prince keep his residence on the border of his dominions, the remote parts will rebel; but if he make the centre his seat, he shall easily keep them in obedience. Edmund Spenser.

    There he arriving, round about doth fly
    From bed to bed, from one to other border,
    And takes survey, with curious busy eye,
    Of every flower and herb there set in order. Edmund Spenser, Muiop.

    All with a border of rich fruit trees crown’d,
    Whose loaded branches hide the lofty mound:
    Such various ways the spacious alleys lead,
    My doubtful muse knows not what path to tread. Edmund Waller.

  2. To Borderverb

    Sheba and Raamah are those parts of Arabia, which border the sea called the Persian gulf. Walter Raleigh, History.

  3. To Borderverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    It bordereth upon the province of Croatia, which, in time past, was continual wars with the Turks garrisons. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Virtue and Honour had their temples bordering on each other, and are sometimes both on the same coin. Addison.

    All wit, which borders upon profaneness, and makes bold with those things to which the greatest reverence is due, deserves to be branded with folly. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bordernoun

    the outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden, etc.; margin; verge; brink

  2. Bordernoun

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

  3. Bordernoun

    a strip or stripe arranged along or near the edge of something, as an ornament or finish

  4. Bordernoun

    a narrow flower bed

  5. Borderverb

    to touch at the edge or boundary; to be contiguous or adjacent; -- with on or upon as, Connecticut borders on Massachusetts

  6. Borderverb

    to approach; to come near to; to verge

  7. Borderverb

    to make a border for; to furnish with a border, as for ornament; as, to border a garment or a garden

  8. Borderverb

    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

  9. Borderverb

    to confine within bounds; to limit


  1. Border

    Borders define geographic boundaries of political entities or legal jurisdictions, such as governments, sovereign states, federated states and other subnational entities. Some borders—such as a state's internal administrative borders, or inter-state borders within the Schengen Area—are open and completely unguarded. Other borders are partially or fully controlled, and may be crossed legally only at designated border checkpoints and border zones may be controlled. Some, mostly contentious, borders may even foster the setting up of buffer zones.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Border

    bord′ėr, n. the edge or margin of anything: the march or boundary of a country, esp. that between England and Scotland: a flower-bed in a garden: a piece of ornamental edging or trimming round a garment, &c.—v.i. to resemble (with on): to be adjacent (with upon, with).—v.t. to make or adorn with a border: to bound.—ns. Bord′erer, one who dwells on the border of a country; Bord′er-land.—adj. Bord′erless. [O. Fr. bordure; from root of Board.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. border

    In cartography, the area of a map or chart lying between the neatline and the surrounding framework.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. border

    A term referring to the nature of the vegetation on the margin of a stream or lake, or to artificial works constructed along the banks.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. border

    In heraldry, coats of arms are frequently surrounded with a bordure, the object of which is to show that the bearer is a cadet of the house whose arms he carries. Its character often has reference to the profession of the bearer; thus a bordure embattled is granted to a soldier, and a bordure ermine to a lawyer.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'border' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2557

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'border' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3890

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'border' in Nouns Frequency: #895

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of border in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of border in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of border in a Sentence

  1. Tonatiuh Guillen:

    If it increases there will be serious difficulties, more than anything for the shelters, because the border towns are already saturated.

  2. Nicole Morales:

    Democrats have spent decades taking the Hispanic vote for granted while pushing for failed policies on the economy, crime and border that disproportionately hurt Hispanics, the Hispanic community is flocking to the Republican Party because our Party shares their values, instead of attacking them.

  3. Roy Boyd:

    Tens of thousands of illegal aliens enter Texas every day. Our communities along the border are overrun with criminal aliens. The bodies of illegal aliens abandoned by their smugglers are found every week throughout South Texas, threats and violent actions of cartels have caused landowners and homeowners to abandon the property they worked all of their lives for. Texans along the border live in perpetual crisis as a result of the Administration’s open border policy.

  4. Scott Sales:

    Even a state like Montana, with a small population and being a long ways from the southern border, we'd be remiss to think there aren't impacts to the state by illegal immigration.

  5. Erika Lee:

    Whether it be typhus and Irish immigrants and the bubonic plague and Chinese immigrants, cholera and Russian Jews, when Mexican immigrants were coming across the border after an outbreak of typhus in El Paso, they were literally sprayed with insecticide.

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