verge

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[Verge]

Think of an edge, a border, a boundary, and you are thinking about the verge, the point where something begins or ends.

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A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean.

Noun
a grass border along a road

Noun
the limit beyond which something happens or changes; "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy"

Noun
a ceremonial or emblematic staff

Noun
a region marking a boundary

Verb
border on; come close to; "His behavior verges on the criminal"

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n.
A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean.

n.
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.

n.
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.

n.
A virgate; a yardland.

n.
A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent.

n.
A circumference; a circle; a ring.

n.
The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.

n.
The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.

n.
The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement.

n.
The edge or outside of a bed or border.

n.
A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre.

n.
The penis.

n.
The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.

v. i.
To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach.

v. i.
To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north.


Verge

Verge , n. [F. verge, L. virga; perhaps akin to E. wisp.] 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. [Eng.] 3. (Eng. Law) 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. [Obs.] 5. A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent.
Even though we go to the extreme verge of possibility to invent a supposition favorable to it, the theory . . . implies an absurdity.
But on the horizon's verge descried, Hangs, touched with light, one snowy sail.
6. A circumference; a circle; a ring.
The inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round my brow.
7. (Arch.) (a) The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft. Oxf. Gloss. (b) The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof. Encyc. Brit. 8. (Horol.) The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement. 9. (Hort.) (a) The edge or outside of a bed or border. (b) A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre. 10. The penis. 11. (Zo'94l.) The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix. Syn. -- Border; edge; rim; brim; margin; brink.

Verge

Verge , v. i. [imp. & p. p. Verged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Verging .] [L. vergere to bend, turn, incline; cf. Skr. vj to turn.] 1. To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach. 2. To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north.
Our soul, from original instinct, vergeth towards him as its center.
I find myself verging to that period of life which is to be labor and sorrow.

A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean.

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Usage Examples

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.

I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

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.

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Other Usage Examples

Our country also hungers for leadership to ensure the long-term survival of our Social Security system. With 70 million baby boomers in this country on the verge of retirement, we need to take action to shore up the system.

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.

We are a people that have always celebrated other people's success so long as we always had the opportunity to meet that success ourselves. That is the American nature. That is the American character. That is one of the things that makes us different from the rest of the world. And I'm afraid we could lose that or are on the verge of losing that.

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.

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