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Definition of Verge


  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.
  3. 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.
  4. A virgate; a yardland.
  5. A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent.
  6. A circumference; a circle; a ring.
  7. The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
  8. The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.
  9. The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement.
  10. The edge or outside of a bed or border.
  11. A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre.
  12. The penis.
  13. The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.
  14. To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach.
  15. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north.

Verge Quotations

Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.
Lord Byron

Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith.
Paul Tillich

We're on the verge of a financial collapse unless we balance the budget, and that means some really, really tough decisions.
Gary Johnson

I love heights. I love speed. I'm on the verge of being a pyromaniac. Maybe my phobia is boredom.
Erin Wasson

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
Tennessee Williams
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Verge Translations

verge in German is Rand
verge in Latin is vergo
verge in Swedish is kanten, rand
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