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Definitions of verge

  1. a region marking a boundary Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the limit beyond which something happens or changes; "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a ceremonial or emblematic staff Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. border on; come close to; "His behavior verges on the criminal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (British) a grass border along a road Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a grass border along a road Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they holding it in the hand, and swearing fealty to the lord. Such tenants were called tenants by the verge. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A virgate; a yardland. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A circumference; a circle; a ring. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The edge or outside of a bed or border. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The compass of the court of Marshalsea and the Palace court, within which the lord steward and the marshal of the king's household had special jurisdiction; - so called from the verge, or staff, which the marshal bore. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A rod or staff carried as a sign of authority; a limit or boundary; an extreme edge; as, the verge of a precipice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To be on the edge or border: with on; to tend; to incline. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. A slender green branch, a twig: a rod, staff, or mace, or anything like them, used as an emblem of authority: extent of jurisdiction (esp. of the lord-steward of a royal household.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To bend or incline: to tend downward: to slope: to tend: to border upon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To tend towards; border on. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To approach; border; followed by on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The extreme edge; margin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A rod or staff. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A rod, or something in the form of a rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; the mace of a church functionary; a small shaft; the compass or extent of the king's court; compass; range; spindle in a watch. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Brink; border; margin; grass edging of a walk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; to incline; to approach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. A rod, wand, or mace; a French name for the Eng. yard-measure; the verge of a court-that is, the limits within which the authority of the officers extended; the extreme side or end of anything; edge; utmost border; margin; in a watch, the balance-wheel, distinguished from the others by the absence of cogs. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. To tend downwards; to tend; to approach. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. In English law. The compass of the royal court, which bounds the jurisdiction of the lord steward of the household; it seems to have been twelve miles about. Britt. 68. A quantity of land from fifteen to thirty acres. 28 Edw. I. Also a stick, or rod, whereby one is admitted tenant to a copyhold estate. Old Nat. Brev. 17. thelawdictionary.org
  35. The compass of the court of Marshalsea and the Palace court, within which the lord steward and the marshal of the king's household had special jurisdiction; -- so called from the verge, or staff, which the marshal bore. mso.anu.edu.au
  36. The compass of the court of Marshalsea and the Palace court, within which the lord steward and the marshal of the king's household had special jurisdiction; so called from the verge, or staff, which the marshal bore. dictgcide_fs
  37. verj, n. a slender green branch, a twig: a rod, staff, or mace, or anything like them, used as an emblem of authority: extent of jurisdiction (esp. of the lord-steward of the royal household): the brink, extreme edge: the horizon: a boundary, limit: scope, opportunity: in gardening, the grass edging of a bed or border.--ns. VER'GER, one who carries a verge or emblem of authority: the beadle of a cathedral church: a pew-opener or attendant in church; VER'GERSHIP; VERGETTE' (her.), a pallet. [L. virga, a slender branch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. verj, v.i. to bend or incline: to tend downward: to slope: to tend: to border upon.--n. VER'GENCY.--adj. VER'GENT. [L. verg[)e]re, to bend, incline; cf. valgus, wry.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  39. Extreme edge, brink, border, (usu. fig.), as drew near to the very v. of the stream, on the v. of 70, destruction, betraying his secret; grass edging of flower-bed &c.; wand, rod, carried before bishop, dean, &c., as emblem of office; kinds of shaft or spindle in various mechanisms; (Archit.) shaft of column, edge of tiles projecting over gable, v.-board, = BARGEBOARD; (Hist.) area of jurisdiction of Marshalsea. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. V. on, border on, approach closely, as path verges on the edge of a precipice, a solemnity verging on the tragic. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. [Fr.] The spindle of a watch-balance. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  42. n. [French, Latin] A kind of rod carried as an emblem of authority; the mace of a dean;—the shaft of a column; or a small ornamental shaft; — the spindle of a watch-balance. Cabinet Dictionary
  43. n. [Latin] The extreme side or end of any thing which has length;—edge; margin ; brink ;—in law, the compass or extent of the king's court;—in horticulture, the edge or outside of a border;—a slip of grass between the gravel walks and the parterre. Cabinet Dictionary

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