What does margin mean?

Definitions for margin
ˈmɑr dʒɪnmar·gin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. margin, border, perimeternoun

    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

  2. marginnoun

    an amount beyond the minimum necessary

    "the margin of victory"

  3. margin, security depositnoun

    the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities

  4. gross profit, gross profit margin, marginnoun

    (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold

  5. marginnoun

    the blank space that surrounds the text on a page

    "he jotted a note in the margin"

  6. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerancenoun

    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits


  1. marginnoun

    The edge of the paper that remains blank.

  2. marginnoun

    The edge of any flat surface.

  3. marginnoun

    The edge defining inclusion in or exclusion from of a set or group.

  4. marginnoun

    A difference between results, characteristics, scores.

  5. marginnoun

    A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.

    margin of error

  6. marginnoun

    The yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.

  7. marginverb

    To add a margin to.

  8. Etymology: From marginis, genitive of margo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marge, Margent, Marginnoun

    Etymology: margo, Latin; marge, French.

    He drew his flaming sword, and struck
    At him so fiercely, that the upper marge
    Of his sevenfold shield away it took. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Never since
    Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead,
    Or on the beached margent of the sea. William Shakespeare.

    An airy crowd came rushing where he stood,
    Which fill’d the margin of the fatal flood. John Dryden, Æn.

    As much love in rhime,
    As would be cramm’d up in a sheet of paper
    Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all. William Shakespeare.

    Reconcile those two places, which both you and the margins of our bibles acknowledge to be parallel. Henry Hammond.

    He knows in law, nor text, nor margent. Jonathan Swift.

    All the advantage to be gathered from it is only from the evenness of its margin, the purpose will be as fully answered by keeping that under only. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.


  1. margin

    Margin generally refers to the edge or border of something, or the amount by which something is won or falls short. However, its specific meaning can vary depending on the context. In business, margin refers to the difference between the cost of producing a product or service and its selling price. In finance, it can refer to the collateral a buyer provides in a margin account to cover credit risk for the broker. In computing, it refers to the blank space around the edge of a page or a screen. In politics, it can refer to the amount of votes by which a candidate wins an election.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marginnoun

    a border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake

  2. Marginnoun

    specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or printing

  3. Marginnoun

    the difference between the cost and the selling price of an article

  4. Marginnoun

    something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be foreseen or known with certainty

  5. Marginnoun

    collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc

  6. Marginverb

    to furnish with a margin

  7. Marginverb

    to enter in the margin of a page


  1. Margin

    In finance, a margin is collateral that the holder of a financial instrument has to deposit to cover some or all of the credit risk of their counterparty. This risk can arise if the holder has done any of the following: ⁕Borrowed cash from the counterparty to buy financial instruments, ⁕Sold financial instruments short, or ⁕Entered into a derivative contract. The collateral can be in the form of cash or securities, and it is deposited in a margin account. On United States futures exchanges, margins were formerly called performance bonds. Most of the exchanges today use SPAN methodology, which was developed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1988, for calculating margins for options and futures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Margin

    mär′jin, n. an edge, border: the blank edge on the page of a book: something allowed more than is needed, in case of unforeseen things happening: a sum of money, or its value in securities, deposited with a broker to protect him against loss on transactions made on account: a deposit made by each of two brokers, parties to a contract, when one is 'called up' by the other.—v.t. to furnish with margins, enter on the margin.—ns. Marge, Marg′ent (poet.), edge, brink.—adjs. Marged; Mar′ginal, pertaining to a margin: placed in the margin.—n. Marginā′lia, notes written on the margin.—v.t. Mar′ginalise, to furnish with notes.—adv. Mar′ginally.—adjs. Mar′ginate, -d, having a margin; Mar′gined.—Marginal credit, a method by which a merchant at home can render bills drawn upon him abroad saleable there, by associating a well-known banker's name on their margin with his own; Marginal notes, notes written or printed on the margin of a book or writing. [L. margo, marginis; cf. mark.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. margin

    In cartography, the area of a map or chart lying outside the border.


  1. Margin

    that portion of a surface within the edge, bounded on the inner side by the sub-margin and consisting of a more or less dilated imaginary line.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'margin' in Nouns Frequency: #1509

Anagrams for margin »

  1. Ingram

  2. arming

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of margin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of margin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of margin in a Sentence

  1. Ankit Panda:

    Regardless of who wins the presidency, only about half of Americans are likely to support the President, and many of the other half will be perpetually motivated to oppose the President. That leaves a thin margin of error in any crisis, which may induce extreme caution for fear of losing political support and exposing the administration to damaging political criticisms.

  2. Atif Latif:

    The guidance, to increase and stabilise margins from a low base, will be tough but achievable, the margin recovery story is in its infancy and we see the opportunity for this to be the key driver ... Overall, we remain positive.

  3. Managing Director at AlixPartners:

    One of the most dramatic developments is that demand is stagnant or falling, while investments are at an all time high. To counter margin deterioration we see comprehensive cost cutting measures across the board.

  4. Andre Borschberg:

    We ate our margin.

  5. Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer:

    There are always internal discussions about volume, these tend to end with the conclusion that we cannot surrender market share, but only if you have a good margin contribution. Volume is not everything and maintaining the same level of growth is not everything.

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