Definition of border in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːdə/


1A line separating two countries, administrative divisions, or other areas: Panama’s western border with Costa Rica [as modifier]: border controls
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  • In areas close to the border with the Northern of Ireland, smuggling became a way of life for some.
  • They are patrolling areas near the border with Saudi Arabia and training local police forces.
  • Control at the border with Romania will be tightened after reports that pigs were being smuggled to be sold in Bulgaria.
frontier, boundary, partition, borderline, dividing line, bounding line, perimeter;
marches, bounds
1.1A district near the border between two areas: a refugee camp on the border
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  • Families line up at a refugee camp near Bahai on the border between Chad and Sudan.
  • We lived in a shabby hut at the foot of a steep mountain on the border of Manchuria near the Yalu River.
  • About 100,000 Baptists and other refugees occupy a small plot of land on the border of Burma and Thailand, near the Thai city of Maesot.
1.2 (the Border) The boundary and adjoining districts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
1.3 (the Border or the Borders) The boundary and adjoining districts between Scotland and England.
2The edge or boundary of something, or the part near it: the northern border of their distribution area figurative the unknown regions at the borders of physics and electronics
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  • The borders and limits of his language are self-imposed and they demonstrate the futility of speech as being truly inarticulate to the imprisoned passion of their leading characters.
  • They experience pain, transgress borders and limits, and come into existence in situations that are stimulated by pain.
  • I've learned that there are no borders and no limits to this ocean of love I feel for them.
3A decorative strip around the edge of something: she stitched a border on to one of the plain white saris
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  • The levels of pattern and pen-flourishing in vivid inks, glowing ornamentation, decorative letters, borders, jewelled frames and vignettes made me gasp.
  • An arrow passes close to the artist's head, which is adorned with antlers, and birds attack, having broken a decorative border of colored paper chains.
  • The border was decorated with a variety of white sea-shells.
3.1A strip of ground along the edge of a lawn or path for planting flowers or shrubs: [as modifier]: geraniums are among the best of border perennials
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  • Under his direction, they built dry-stone retaining walls and a rock garden, laid out paths and mixed borders and planted flowering shrubs among the trees.
  • In the warm months, it was a garden, with hothouse-grown flowers planted along its borders.
  • Perennials can be planted among shrub borders or in containers.


1 [with object] Form an edge along or beside (something): a pool bordered by palm trees
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  • We drive along Gibson Reservoir Road—a route bordered by brown-eyed Susans and the Sun River—past huge, upended slabs that look as if giants had a rock fight.
  • On the edge of the town where I live, running between the Victorian park and the youth hostel and leading to a footbridge crossing the river, is an unassuming lane bordered by hedges.
  • Below that was a path bordered by a bamboo hedge, where I learnt to ride a bicycle.
surround, enclose, encircle, circle, edge, skirt, fringe, hem, bound, line, flank
1.1Provide (something) with a decorative edge: the walls were bordered with carved scrolls and cornices
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  • The driveway was dirt with large rocks bordering it, decorating it a bit.
  • The white picket fences were gone but were replaced with bricks and decorative stones that bordered the colorful flower beds.
  • This wall pattern is then bordered with a lassoed Wild West lacing crafted out of human hair, an element common to her art.
edge, fringe, hem;
trim, pipe, bind, band, decorate, finish
2(Of a country or area) be adjacent to (another country or area): regions bordering Azerbaijan [no object]: the states bordering on the Black Sea
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  • Indonesia has more than 90 small islands in areas bordering neighboring countries.
  • Day one is spent totally over the mountain ridges and tops from which there are spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and lower country bordering Nelson Lakes National Park.
  • Successful conservation efforts in an area bordering another country can be reduced to naught if the neighbouring countries do not collaborate.
adjoin, abut (on), bound on, butt up against, be adjacent to, lie next to, neighbour, be contiguous with, touch, join, connect, meet, reach, extend as far as
3 [no object] (border on) Come close to or be developing into (an extreme condition): Sam arrived in a state of excitement bordering on hysteria
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  • For them, the settling of scores with the miners developed into an obsession bordering on the deranged.
  • On the other hand, you see this fundamentalism that sort of borders on extremism.
  • His approach bordered on the mechanical, yet he executed a free and extended armswing.
verge on, approach, come close to, come near to, be near to, be comparable to, approximate to, be tantamount to, be not dissimilar to, be not unlike, be similar to, resemble, look like
informal be not a million miles away from


Late Middle English: from Old French bordeure; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to board.

Words that rhyme with border

awarder, boarder, defrauder, hoarder, Korda, marauder, order, recorder, sordor, warder

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