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Definitions of margin

  1. a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
  2. the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary
  3. a strip near the boundary of an object; " he jotted a note on the margin of the page"
  4. ( corporate finance) net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
  5. the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
  6. the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities
  7. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
  8. ( finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
  9. A border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake.
  10. Specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or printing.
  11. The difference between the cost and the selling price of an article.
  12. Something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be foreseen or known with certainty.
  13. Collateral security deposited with a broker to secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, wheat, etc.
  14. To furnish with a margin.
  15. To enter in the margin of a page.
  16. Border; the unprinted edge of a page; a limit; reserved amount, as of money, time, or space; money, stock certificates, etc., given to a broker to secure him from loss in advancing funds for investment; as, to buy on a margin.
  17. The boundary or edge of any surface.
  18. An edge, border: the blank edge on the page of a book.
  19. Edge, border.
  20. Marginal.
  21. A border; brink; edge.
  22. Marginly.
  23. The edge or border of anything; the blank edge of the page of a book; reserved amount.
  24. To furnish with a margin; to write on the margin. See Mark.
  25. The border, brink, edge, or verge of anything; the blank edge of a leaf or page; what is written or printed on the margin; the difference between the price of purchase and sale of an article, out of which the merchant or trader derives his profit; something left or put to for meeting casualties; in bot., the boundary- line or contour of a body traced by the union of opposite plain surfaces; latitude- as, this must be taken with a wide margin.
  26. To furnish with a margin; to enter in the margin of a page.
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Quotes of margin

  1. For mothers who must earn, there is indeed no leisure time problem. The long hours of earning are increased by the hours of domestic labor, until no slightest margin for relaxation or change of thought remains. – Katharine Anthony
  2. Acting is like a high wire act. Your margin for error is very slim. – Christine Baranski
  3. Those of Manhattan are the brokers on Wall Street and they talk of people who went to the same colleges; those from Queens are margin clerks in the back offices and they speak of friends who live in the same neighborhood. – Jimmy Breslin
  4. I worry about 10, 15, 20, 25 years down the road. Where are we going to be in this age of nuclear weapons, where there is no margin for error? – Lincoln Chafee
  5. But it is impossible to divide a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into fourth powers, or generally any power beyond the square into like powers; of this I have found a remarkable demonstration. This margin is too narrow to contain it. – Pierre de Fermat
  6. Slowly, but with no doubt or hesitation whatever, and in something of a solemn expectancy, the two animals passed through the broken tumultuous water and moored their boat at the flowery margin of the island. – Kenneth Grahame
  7. The margin between success and drama is fractional. – Jacky Ickx
  8. I think that Microsoft will increasingly feel margin pressure from Linux as well as people saying: well actually the applications that really matter to me are not on my PC. And so they're going to be able to extract less of a monopoly rent, so to speak. – Tim O'Reilly
  9. Mr. President, I believe your real problem is that you have somehow been unable to realize that you have won, not only won, but been re -elected by a tremendous margin – Elliot Richardson
  10. The fact is that surveys which media people openly admit to show that fewer than twelve percent of their customers believe they're doing a good job, while the average profit margin in television is in the neighborhood of eighty percent. – L. Neil Smith
  11. All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  12. A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. – Henry David Thoreau

Usage examples for margin

  1. In less than six months- the margin seemed a wide one to the impatient Horatio. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  2. He found the captain with an open book in front of him: he was not reading, but making calculations on the margin – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  3. Leave a margin of about an inch all round your sketch and state the scale that you have made your sketch, e. – How Girls Can Help Their Country by Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell
  4. The flesh of the pileus is rather thin, even in the center, and becomes very thin toward the margin as shown in Fig. – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  5. He would number them in black, arrange a margin between, putting green marks and yellow marks and red marks for other units; fold them up and send them back. – Average Americans by Theodore Roosevelt
  6. They can be used with telling effects for the margin of the fountain, although care must be taken not to plant those that grow to enormous height. – Garden Ornaments by Mary H. Northend
  7. The salutation should begin flush with the margin – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  8. Then, staff and hat in hand, he paused on the margin of that granite cup, to him a cup of sorrow, and looked into its depths again. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  9. My margin of profit? – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  10. But there was a more remarkable feature about the Bible than this- its margin was filled with a number of pen- and- ink notes! – Lancashire Idylls (1898) by Marshall Mather
  11. He must have his losses covered; and a system of that sort tells very heavily upon the public, because the merchant must charge a large margin of profit. – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  12. Graspum, a perfect savan where human property was to be judged, had decided that her square inches of human vitality were worth strong fifteen hundred; that was all desirable for the sheriff- it would leave margin enough to cover the cost. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  13. He could only hold a very slim hope of some trace along its margin – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  14. They buy only when the market is advancing strongly; they sell as soon as they have gained the scantest margin of profit. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  15. A sheet of still water, two or three hundred yards broad, and about half a mile long, was surrounded by a line of tall forest- trees, whose branches stretched above its margin – Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon by J. Emerson Tennent
  16. They serve as such; though our musical ancestors probably selected these terms because of their indefiniteness, which leaves a certain margin to our individuality. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  17. It is an expensive place to keep up, and leaves little margin out of the income which goes with it. – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  18. At Jamestown, in the spring of 1617, the market- place and even the narrow margin of the streets were set with tobacco. – England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  19. How could it injure me if they stretched my pages by means of lead and margin into double the number I had intended. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope