Think of an edge, a border, a boundary, and you are thinking about the verge, the point where something begins or ends.

We talk about a nervous person being on the verge of a breakdown, or about a scientist being on the verge of a major breakthrough, but the British have another good physical meaning: they call the strip of grass that borders a walkway the verge, giving you a clear mental picture that goes beyond the abstract.

Definitions of verge
  1. noun
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    “on the verge of tears”
    synonyms: brink, cusp
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    the brink of a dangerous or potentially disastrous situation
    type of:
    bound, boundary, limit
    the greatest possible degree of something
  2. noun
    a region marking a boundary
    synonyms: brink, threshold
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    type of:
    bound, boundary, edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
  3. noun
    a grass border along a road
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    type of:
    a strip forming the outer edge of something
  4. verb
    border on; come close to
    “His behavior verges on the criminal”
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    type of:
    border, bound
    form the boundary of; be contiguous to
  5. noun
    a ceremonial or emblematic staff
    synonyms: scepter, sceptre, wand
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    a mock scepter carried by a court jester
    type of:
    a rod carried as a symbol
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