[mahr-jin] /ˈmɑr dʒɪn/
the space around the printed or written matter on a page.
an amount allowed or available beyond what is actually necessary:
to allow a margin for error.
a limit in condition, capacity, etc., beyond or below which something ceases to exist, be desirable, or be possible:
the margin of endurance; the margin of sanity.
a border or edge.
Philately. (def 3).
the difference between the amount of a loan and the market value of the collateral pledged as security for it.
Commerce. the difference between the cost and the selling price.
an amount or degree of difference:
The measure passed by a margin of just three votes.
Economics. the point at which the return from economic activity barely covers the cost of production, and below which production is unprofitable.
Entomology. the border of an insect’s wing.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a margin or border.
to furnish with notes, as a document.
to enter in the margin, as of a book.
Finance. to deposit a margin upon.
Stock Exchange. to purchase (securities) on margin:
That stock was heavily margined during the last month.
an edge or rim, and the area immediately adjacent to it; border
the blank space surrounding the text on a page
a vertical line on a page, esp one on the left-hand side, delineating this space
an additional amount or one beyond the minimum necessary: a margin of error
(mainly Austral) a payment made in addition to a basic wage, esp for special skill or responsibility
a bound or limit
the amount by which one thing differs from another: a large margin separated the parties
(commerce) the profit on a transaction
(economics) the minimum return below which an enterprise becomes unprofitable
to provide with a margin; border
(finance) to deposit a margin upon
mid-14c., “edge of a sea or lake;” late 14c., “space between a block of text and the edge of a page,” from Latin marginem (nominative margo) “edge, brink, border, margin,” from PIE *merg- “edge, border, boundary” (see mark (n.1)). General sense of “boundary space; rim or edge of anything” is from late 14c. Meaning “comfort allowance, cushion” is from 1851; margin of safety first recorded 1888. Stock market sense of “sum deposited with a broker to cover risk of loss” is from 1848. Related: Margins.
c.1600, “to furnish with marginal notes,” from margin (n.). From 1715 as “to furnish with a margin.”
margin mar·gin (mär’jĭn)
noun 1. an account opened by a customer with a brokerage house in which listed securities can be purchased on margin.
[mahr-juh-nl] /ˈmɑr dʒə nl/ adjective 1. pertaining to a margin. 2. situated on the border or edge. 3. at the outer or lower limits; minimal for requirements; almost insufficient: marginal subsistence; marginal ability. 4. written or printed in the margin of a page: a marginal note. 5. Sociology. marked by contact with disparate cultures, and […]
noun, Economics. 1. the cost of one additional unit of any item produced or bought in quantity. The change in total cost of production when an output is varied by one unit.
- Marginal costing
noun 1. a method of cost accounting and decision making used for internal reporting in which only marginal costs are charged to cost units and fixed costs are treated as a lump sum Compare absorption costing