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Definitions of verge

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

Quotes of verge

  1. You know, we all have our inner demons. I, for one- I can't speak for you, but I'm on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show. – Glenn Beck
  2. Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay. – Robert Blair
  3. If the truth be known, we are on the verge of losing an entire generation of our young people, killing and dying in the streets of America. – Ron Dellums
  4. The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. – John Foster Dulles
  5. All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women. – Germaine Greer
  6. When I was little I always thought I was marked out, special, on the verge of something momentous. I used to tingle with anticipation. – Felicity Kendal
  7. Our species is on the verge of changes that will fundamentally alter what it means to be human... and we are the people driving that change. – Daniel Keys Moran
  8. To my mind, what we ought to have maintained from the beginning was the strictest neutrality. If we had done this, I do not believe we would have been on the verge of war at the present time. – George William Norris
  9. The administration in my view is once again manufacturing a crisis. There is no crisis in the Social Security system. The system is not on the verge of bankruptcy. – Paul Sarbanes
  10. We are confronting a situation in which the Administration, in my view, is once again manufacturing a crisis. There is no crisis in the Social Security system. The system is not on the verge of bankruptcy. – Paul Sarbanes
  11. While nothing is certain, I firmly believe our nation is on the verge of a nuclear energy renaissance. – Michael K. Simpson

Usage examples for verge

  1. He seemed to be on the verge of sleep. ” – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  2. 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
  3. “ 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
  4. “ I was on the verge of a big discovery. ” – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  5. 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
  6. Hitherto she had been trembling on the verge of uncertainty, with nothing definite in life. ” – If Any Man Sin by H. A. Cody
  7. We were certainly on the verge of destruction. ” – An Anarchist Woman by Hutchins Hapgood
  8. 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
  9. She had been afraid he was on the verge of a burst of temper. ” – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  10. “ I am on the verge of insanity myself. ” – The Terror from the Depths by Sewell Peaslee Wright
  11. 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
  12. We are on the verge of a precipice." ” – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  13. He caught himself on the verge of saying " her," and added, " for that person." ” – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  14. Neither beast nor bird is to be seen except upon the verge – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  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. We have gone with a light to the very verge of this truth. ” – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  20. 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

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