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Meaning of VERGE

Pronunciation:  vurj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (British) a grass border along a road
  2. [n]  the limit beyond which something happens or changes; "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy"
  3. [n]  a ceremonial or emblematic staff
  4. [n]  a region marking a boundary
  5. [v]  border on; come close to; "His behavior verges on the criminal"

VERGE is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: brink, brink, scepter, sceptre, threshold, wand
 See Also: bauble, border, border, bound, bound, boundary, boundary, bounds, edge, limit, staff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Verge\, n. [F. verge, L. virga; perhaps akin to E. wisp.]
    1. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the
       verge, carried before a dean.
    2. 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. [Eng.]
    3. (Eng. Law) 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
    4. A virgate; a yardland. [Obs.]
    5. A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin,
       or brink of something definite in extent.
             Even though we go to the extreme verge of
             possibility to invent a supposition favorable to it,
             the theory . . . implies an absurdity. --J. S. Mill.
             But on the horizon's verge descried, Hangs, touched
             with light, one snowy sail.           --M. Arnold.
    6. A circumference; a circle; a ring.
             The inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round
             my brow.                              --Shak.
    7. (Arch.)
       (a) The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
           --Oxf. Gloss.
       (b) The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a
           roof. --Encyc. Brit.
    8. (Horol.) The spindle of a watch balance, especially one
       with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under
    9. (Hort.)
       (a) The edge or outside of a bed or border.
       (b) A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing
           them from the borders in a parterre.
    10. The penis.
    11. (Zo["o]l.) The external male organ of certain mollusks,
        worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.
    Syn: Border; edge; rim; brim; margin; brink.
  2. \Verge\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Verged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Verging}.] [L. vergere to bend, turn, incline; cf. Skr. v?j
    to turn.]
    1. To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to
    2. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to
       the north.
             Our soul, from original instinct, vergeth towards
             him as its center.                    --Barrow.
             I find myself verging to that period of life which
             is to be labor and sorrow.            --Swift.