verge

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.

Primary Meanings of verge

1.
nv
the limit beyond which something happens or changes
border on; come close to
2.
n
a ceremonial or emblematic staff
Full Definitions of verge
1

n the limit beyond which something happens or changes

“on the verge of tears”
Synonyms:
brink
Type of:
bound, boundary, limit
the greatest possible degree of something

n a region marking a boundary

Synonyms:
brink, threshold
Type of:
bound, boundary, edge
a line determining the limits of an area

n a grass border along a road

Type of:
border
a strip forming the outer edge of something

v border on; come close to

“His behavior verges on the criminal”
Type of:
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to
2

n a ceremonial or emblematic staff

Synonyms:
scepter, sceptre, wand
Types:
bauble
a mock scepter carried by a court jester
Type of:
staff
a rod carried as a symbol

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