Definitions of verge

  1. a region marking a boundary
  2. the limit beyond which something happens or changes; " on the verge of tears"; " on the brink of bankruptcy"
  3. a ceremonial or emblematic staff
  4. border on; come close to; " His behavior verges on the criminal"
  5. ( British) a grass border along a road
  6. a grass border along a road
  7. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean.
  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.
  9. A virgate; a yardland.
  10. A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent.
  11. A circumference; a circle; a ring.
  12. The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
  13. The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.
  14. The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement.
  15. The edge or outside of a bed or border.
  16. A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre.
  17. The penis.
  18. The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.
  19. To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach.
  20. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north.
  21. 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.
  22. A rod or staff carried as a sign of authority; a limit or boundary; an extreme edge; as, the verge of a precipice.
  23. To be on the edge or border: with on; to tend; to incline.
  24. 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.).
  25. To bend or incline: to tend downward: to slope: to tend: to border upon.
  26. To tend towards; border on.
  27. To approach; border; followed by on or upon.
  28. The extreme edge; margin.
  29. A rod or staff.
  30. 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.
  31. Brink; border; margin; grass edging of a walk.
  32. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; to incline; to approach.
  33. 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.
  34. To tend downwards; to tend; to approach.

Usage examples for verge

  1. The troop mounted, and a few minutes later we were galloping over a wide plain, on the eastern verge of which the light of the new day was slowly dawning. – In the Track of the Troops by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. I congratulated myself on being on the verge of success, for after the explanation I had had with the aunt, and having, as I thought, a friend in her, I did not doubt that I should succeed. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. He bore his defeat bravely, however, although all his schemes were thus dashed to the ground when they were trembling on the verge of success. – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  4. She had been afraid he was on the verge of a burst of temper. – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  5. Neither beast nor bird is to be seen except upon the verge – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker
  6. He caught himself on the verge of saying " her," and added, " for that person." – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  7. The castle stands on the verge of a precipitous rock on the south- east corner of the town. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. Hitherto she had been trembling on the verge of uncertainty, with nothing definite in life. – If Any Man Sin by H. A. Cody
  9. She wondered how a father could consider his wife before the child, but when she said this she did not feel she was speaking quite sincerely, and this troubled her; she was on the verge of tears, and the nurse came in and said she had spoken enough that afternoon, and the priest bade her good- by. – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  10. It was like a last caress, a word spoken in the ear of the loved one on the verge of a struggle sure to be lost, the last whisper carrying all the devotion of a lifetime. – Dwellers in the Hills by Melville Davisson Post
  11. I am on the verge of insanity myself. – The Terror from the Depths by Sewell Peaslee Wright
  12. She, no doubt, was on the verge not of first love, but of her first experience of the bliss of love. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  13. He seemed to be on the verge of sleep. – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  14. We are on the verge of a precipice." – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  15. Nay, lady, said the dame, save perchance that it is on the verge of a very great and very evil wood, otherwise it was once a merry town and of much resort from the country- side. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  16. We have gone with a light to the very verge of this truth. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  17. We were certainly on the verge of destruction. – An Anarchist Woman by Hutchins Hapgood
  18. As Aremberg reached its verge he brought out his artillery, and opened a fire upon the body of light troops. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  19. I was on the verge of a big discovery. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  20. I'm almost over the verge for want of sleep- my trouble ever since the trouble." – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung