What does border mean?

Definitions for border
ˈbɔr dərbor·der

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. Border

    "The Border is a song written by Russ Ballard and Dewey Bunnell and performed by America. The song appears on their 1983 album, Your Move. Released as a single in 1983, the song became the band's final Top 40 hit, reaching No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it fared much better on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 4. The song reached No. 22 in the Netherlands.


  1. border

    A border is a line or boundary that separates two countries, states, or regions. It may also refer to an edge or boundary of something, such as an object, a page, an image, or an area. Additionally, it could refer to a decorative design around the edge of something. The term "border" may also be used in a metaphorical sense to indicate the limit or boundary of a concept or idea.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Border is ranked #13291 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Border surname appeared 2,295 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Border.

    92.6% or 2,127 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 51 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Vicki Gaubeca:

    Border communities already feel over-surveilled, over-militarized, and yet they trot out this new technology and boast about it at a time when families are worried about how to get food on their tables and inflation, and it completely disregards the border communities as a community. It's like they fail to acknowledge that we're human beings on both sides.

  2. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    I am running for the border first, and reelection second.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We need a border, border Security includes the wall but Border Security includes many other things. I would certainly be willing to close Border Security down to get Border Security done.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    We hope our Republican colleagues will work with us in a bipartisan way so that the appropriations process meets the needs of the American people, if Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.

  5. Brandon Judd:

    We're still feeling that impact today, border Patrol agents are very hesitant to do their jobs, knowing that they could be accused by the most powerful man in the world of a crime.

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