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a region in SE Scotland. 1804 sq. mi. (4671 sq. km).
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, especially along the Rio Grande.
(in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.

brink; verge.
an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.

a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
a strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
the plants growing in such a strip:
a border of tulips along the path.


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.
border light.

to make a border around; adorn with a border.
to form a border or boundary to.
to lie on the border of; adjoin.
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.
Contemporary Examples

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Arizona, Show Your Papers? So What! Paul Theroux May 3, 2010
South Sudan’s Looming War With Sudan as Warplanes Bomb Bentiu Laura Heaton April 25, 2012
Sochi Reacts To Ukraine’s Bloodshed Anna Nemtsova February 21, 2014
The End of Us And Them: David Cannadine’s Quest to Unite History Jimmy So May 9, 2013

Historical Examples

A Manual of Wood Carving Charles G. Leland
A harum-scarum schoolgirl Angela Brazil
The Methods of Glass Blowing and of Working Silica in the Oxy-Gas Flame W. A. Shenstone
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Washington Irving

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
(as modifier): border country

a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
(as modifier): a border illustration

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
(transitive) to decorate or provide with a border
when intr, foll by on or upon

to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of): his land borders on mine
to be nearly the same (as); verge (on): his stupidity borders on madness

noun the Border
(often pl) 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
Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; played in 156 test matches (1978–1994), 93 as captain; first Australian batsman to score 10,000 test runs


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