UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciations'border': English: /ˈbɔːdə/, Scottish: /ˈbɔːrr/; 'Border': /ˈbɔːdə/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɔrdɚ/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(bôrdər)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bor•der /ˈbɔrdɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the part or edge of a surface that forms its outer boundary:a book with a red cover and a black border; a border of flowers across their front lawn.
  2. the line that separates one country, province, etc., from another:The border between the two countries cuts across this mountain range.
  3. the land that lies along the boundary line:The pilots were able to flee across the border into Switzerland.

  1. to form a border along:[+ object]Tall trees bordered the road.
  2. to lie on the border (of);
    share a border (with): [+ object]Sweden borders Norway and Finland.[+ on + object]Sweden borders on Norway and Finland.
  3. border on, [+ on + object] to approach (something) closely in character;
    be almost the same as: This ridiculous situation borders on comedy.
    See boundary.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bor•der  (bôrdər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
  2. the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another;
    frontier line:You cannot cross the border without a visa.
  3. the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
  4. the frontier of civilization.
  5. the border: 
    • the border between the U.S. and Mexico, esp. along the Rio Grande.
    • (in the British Isles) the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
  6. brink;
  7. an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
  8. Clothingan ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
  9. [Hort.]
    • Botanya long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
    • Botanya strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
    • Botanythe plants growing in such a strip:a border of tulips along the path.
  10. Show Business[Theat.]
    • 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.
    • See  border light. 

  1. to make a border around;
    adorn with a border.
  2. to form a border or boundary to.
  3. to lie on the border of;

  1. to form or constitute a border;
    be next to:California borders on the Pacific Ocean.
  2. to approach closely in character;
    verge:The situation borders on tragedy.
bordered, adj. 
border•less, adj. 
  • Gmc; see board) + -ure -ure
  • Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent. to bord(er) to border (derivative of bord ship's side, edge
  • Middle English bordure 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rim, periphery, verge. See  edge. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  boundary. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
border /ˈbɔːdə/ n
  1. a band or margin around or along the edge of something
  2. the dividing line or frontier between political or geographic regions
  3. a region straddling such a boundary
  4. a design or ornamental strip around the edge or rim of something, such as a printed page or dinner plate
  5. 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
  1. (transitive) to decorate or provide with a border
  2. when intr, followed by on or upon: to be adjacent (to); lie along the boundary (of)
  3. to be nearly the same (as); verge (on): his stupidity borders on madness
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bordure, from border to border, from bort side of a ship, of Germanic origin; see board
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Border /ˈbɔːdə/ n the Border
  1. (often plural) the area straddling the border between England and Scotland
  2. the area straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  3. the region in S South Africa around East London
Border /ˈbɔːdə/ n
  1. Allan (Robert). born 1955, Australian cricketer; captain of Australia (1985–94)
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