From Middle English margyn, from Latin marginem (possibly via Old French margin), accusative of margō (“edge, brink, border, margin”). Doublet of marge and margo.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːd͡ʒɪn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːɹd͡ʒ(ə)n/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)d͡ʒɪn
margin (plural margins)
- (typography) The edge of the paper, typically left blank when printing but sometimes used for annotations etc.
- The edge or border of any flat surface.
- 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
- Nothing could be more business-like than the construction of the stout dams, and nothing more gently rural than the limpid lakes, with the grand old forest trees marshalled round their margins like a veteran army that had marched down to drink, only to be stricken motionless at the water’s edge.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 7:
- The lobule margins, furthermore, are arched away from the lobe, with the consequence that (when fully inflated) the abaxial leaf surface forms the interior lining of the lobule.
- (figuratively) The edge defining inclusion in or exclusion from a set or group.
- 1999, Pierre François, Inlets of the Soul: Contemporary Fiction in English and the Myth of the Fall, page 186:
- As far as space is concerned, Mary Lamb finds herself at the farthest margin of society - among tramps - when the novel begins.
- A difference or ratio between results, characteristics, scores.
- 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC:
- Chelsea will point to that victory margin as confirmation of their superiority - but Spurs will complain their hopes of turning the game around were damaged fatally by Atkinson's decision.
- 2017 March 9, James P. Pinkerton, “A Deus ex Machina for the Climate Change Problem”, in The American Conservative:
- in Kentucky, for example, Trump beat Hillary Clinton by a nearly two-to-one margin
- A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
- (finance) The yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.
- (finance) Collateral security deposited with a broker, to compensate the broker in the event of loss in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, commodities, etc.
- 1848, William Armstrong, Stocks and Stock-Jobbing in Wall-Street:
- The purchaser then hands over this margin to the person with whom he hypothecates the Stock.
- That which is ancillary; periphery.
- This model merely nips at the margins.
margin (third-person singular simple present margins, present participle margining, simple past and past participle margined)
- (transitive) To add a margin to.
- (transitive) To enter (notes etc.) into the margin.
- (transitive, finance) To trade (securities etc.) on margin (collateral).
- “margin”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “margin”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
Borrowed from English margin, from Middle English margyn, from Latin marginem (possibly via Old French margin), accusative of margō (“edge, brink, border, margin”).
margin (plural margin-margin, first-person possessive marginku, second-person possessive marginmu, third-person possessive marginnya)
- a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
- the yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.
- (finance) collateral security deposited with a broker, to compensate the broker in the event of loss in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, commodities, etc.
- “margin” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.
margin m (definite singular marginen, indefinite plural marginer, definite plural marginene)
- a margin (most senses)
- “margin” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
margin m (definite singular marginen, indefinite plural marginar, definite plural marginane)
- a margin (most senses)
- “margin” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.