- 1The edge or border of something: the eastern margin of the Indian Ocean • figurative they were forced to live on the margins of societyMore example sentences
- Many are forced to leave their families and lead a precarious existence living on the margins of society.
- In plan-form the dune has an irregular outline but the eastern margin is more complex and irregular than the western edge.
- Because Australia has a broad continental shelf it lobbied to have this zone extend to the outer edge of the margin.
- 1.1The blank border on each side of the print on a page.More example sentences
- This is fairly easy to accomplish by defining a bounding rectangle for the text that is the same width as the space between the page margins.
- The holes are far greater than the space in this book given over to noticeably wide margins and blank space.
- Folding down the corners of pages, scribbling in margins and breaking the spines of paperbacks are signs of a barbarian.
- 1.2A line ruled on paper to mark off a margin.More example sentences
- The children began in right earnest by first drawing a neat margin on the chart paper they were provided with.
- How many still do, and still print the little black margins around their images to inform the viewer of their exacting practice?
- 2An amount by which a thing is won or falls short: they won by a convincing 17-point marginMore example sentences
gap, majority, amount, difference
- Rather, he is ensuring that the principle of one-man-one-vote holds good, even if it comes down to the narrowest of margins.
- Amazingly the conversion was missed to leave Newbridge still ahead by the narrowest of margins at six points to five.
- The senior hurlers have had a number of competitive performances, losing by very narrow margins.
- 2.1An amount of something included so as to be sure of success or safety: there was no margin for errorMore example sentences
- In fact, one of the roots of my concern is that nobody will know for sure when the safety margin has been eroded too far.
- Protein recommendations for athletes are commonly expressed in a range to include a safety margin.
- Be sure your available runway length provides an adequate margin for safety.
- 2.2The lower limit of possibility, success, etc.: the lighting is considerably brighter than before but is still at the margins of acceptabilityMore example sentences
- Even without the threat of war, an operation of this size presses at the margins of possibility.
- Yet the fact that he's about to shoot a new feature in colour with Bill Murray and other prominent stars also suggests he's willing to push the limits of those margins.
- It can explore the margins and limits of the text and of classical theatre, and in the process demystify, even kill the text and the author and his authority.
- 2.3A profit margin.More example sentences
- At the same time, the IRA said, the firms are passing on their increased costs to consumers and increasing their own margins and profits.
- What's more, many banks sneakily use base-rate changes to increase their margins and profits.
- There could be some pleasant news with respect to operating profits as revenues continue to grow and margins increase.
- 2.4 Finance A sum deposited with a broker to cover the risk of loss on a transaction or account.More example sentences
- Buying options outright typically does not require any deposit of margin because the maximum risk is what you pay for the option.
- It can fairly be said that those calls reveal that before the first margin call was made the plaintiff did not understand the risks of a margin account.
- Finally, in unusual circumstances such as extreme market volatility, SIMEX may require a broker to deposit additional margin.
verb (margins, margining, margined)[with object] Back to top
- 1Provide with an edge or border: its leaves are margined with yellowMore example sentences
- The long lasting floral bunches with sparkling waxy bracts in different shades of pink, and the yellow margined red corolla are best suited for cut flowers.
- Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’: called the hedgehog holly, this is a non-berrying male holly with exceptionally spiky dark green leaves, margined with cream.
- We watched a yellow margined triggerfish as it scoured the seabed below.
- 2Deposit an amount of money with a broker as security for (an account or transaction): (as adjective margined) a margined transactionMore example sentences
- For instance, if you had $100,000 in your account margined 20 times, your actual investment would be $2m.
- As I mentioned above, the margining system used by the futures options exchanges provides a special advantage of allowing Treasury bills to be margined.
- This created a highly margined, over-concentrated portfolio that was not suitable considering Mr. Worker's financial situation or goals.
margin of error
- An amount (usually small) that is allowed for in case of miscalculation or change of circumstances.More example sentences
- That's a large target area, and it allows for a margin of error when a shot must be taken from odd angles.
- A margin of error is allowed in the exercise of discretion.
- That, basically, is a statistical tie for first, because that's within the margin of error.
late Middle English: from Latin margo, margin- 'edge'.