Synonyms of border in English:
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border, boundary, frontier
Border generally denotes a national boundary and, as such, a barrier ( the building of a huge dam on the Thai–Laotian border | a border checkpoint). It is also used figuratively of the division between concepts ( his mistake in crossing the border between passion and brutality).A boundary marks the division between two areas, but the emphasis is less on the existence of a barrier than on simply defining the area ( there were frequent disputes between the two counties as to the exact position of the boundary). The word boundary is commonly used in a figurative sense ( technologies which cut across traditional boundaries between industrial sectors), and the dividing line is seen as more fluid than a border ( literacy campaigns push back the boundaries of ignorance).A frontier is used of national borders, especially borders between hostile powers ( Germany recognized its frontier with France and Belgium). A Europe without frontiers would be one with no barriers to trade or travel. Frontier can also denote the point beyond which no one can go or has yet gone ( extending the frontiers of knowledge) and is frequently used in the same context as words such as new, explore, last, push, and science.
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