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1the edge or border of something:the eastern margin of the Indian Ocean figurativethey were forced to live on the margins of society the blank border on each side of the print on a page. a line ruled on paper to mark off a margin. 2an amount by which a thing is won or falls short:they won by a convincing 17-point margin an amount of something included so as to be sure of success or safety:there was no margin for error the lower limit of possibility, success, etc.:the lighting is considerably brighter than before but is still at the margins of acceptability Finance a sum deposited with a broker to cover the risk of loss on a transaction or account.
verb (margins, margining, margined) [with object]
1provide with an edge or border:its leaves are margined with yellow archaic annotate or summarize (a text) in the margins. 2deposit an amount of money with a broker as security for (an account or transaction): (as adjective margined)a margined transaction