Definition of borderline in English:



  • 1A boundary separating two countries or areas.

    • ‘In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the borderline between England and Scotland was in turmoil.’
    • ‘Beginning with the confluence with the Neisse River and continuing to just above Szczecin, the Oder becomes the borderline between Poland and Germany.’
    • ‘By drawing borderlines separating the yellow/red areas and surrounding blue areas, we obtained three major categories of genes.’
    • ‘Since then, hundreds of thousands have crossed the borderline through holes they made into the 6-meter height concrete wall.’
    • ‘Today we have crossed the borderline of 2000 videos.’
    • ‘San Yuan Li, which used to mark the physical and mental borderline of the city has now become a little dot in the endless urban network.’
    • ‘Two thousand years ago, a Roman fortress had guarded the borderline of the empire.’
    • ‘He entertained in fact far-reaching plans to build an advanced high-tech fence along the future borderline in order to separate effectively the two populations from each other.’
    • ‘These are the Alps near the borderline between Italy and Austria.’
    • ‘But surely you understand that it is impossible to control the entire borderline at all times.’
    • ‘I'm near the borderline of Vancouver and Burnaby.’
    • ‘But it's definitely somewhere near the New York-New Jersey borderline, where are the posh Victorian homes are.’
    • ‘In 1994, the borderline of the City of Warsaw was enlarged to the surrounded province.’
    • ‘Dusted throughout the borderline of the yard flowers can transform your topographic point from a run-of-the-mill house to a showplace full of style.’
    • ‘But if instead the defensive line would be build 25 kilometers away from the borderline, the length of the defensive line would grow to 70 kilometers.’
    • ‘The Seminar room is prominently located at the river front, towards the borderline of the property.’
    • ‘I grew up out of living right next to the borderline of L.A. County.’
    • ‘They guarded the borderline on Kamchatka, near Vyborg, anywhere, but not at home.’
    • ‘Grass fires breaking out from Mongolia crossed the borderline with China.’
    • ‘However, the mighty Caesar had just crossed the borderline between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul known as the Rubincan River.’
    • ‘A common complaint is replacement of borderline fences and wood retaining walls.’
    • ‘The state secretary for maritime affairs stationed naval ships at the 12-mile borderline to ensure that the vessel didn't enter his country's waters.’
    • ‘After two decades had passed, 80% of the people in the first group had crossed the borderline and developed high blood pressure.’
    • ‘It is worth noting that motorcycles were used to patrol the borderline and were seen as an effective force multiplier.’
    • ‘One team is the defense and tries to protect the borderline, preventing the other team from entering.’
    • ‘The main purpose of this deputation is to protect the borderline.’
    • ‘The hamlet of Chichester is one of the the northernmost communities in the town of Shandaken, New York, being right next to the borderline between Ulster County and Greene County.’
    • ‘He claimed this week he had called the Border Patrol after he picked up a migrant couple hitchhiking along a state highway near the borderline’
    • ‘I remember my first journey to the Iguazu Falls, in the borderline between Brazil and Argentina.’
    • ‘Every morning Saeed goes to his farmland, only meters away from the borderline.’
    • ‘The economic disparities on the reservation struck “as soon as you drove over the borderline,” she said.’
    • ‘Just east of the borderline between England and Scotland, I found mapped down an earthquake dated to June 7th, 1934.’
    • ‘Joseph Hollas settled south of Mr. Besetzny next to the borderline of the village of Wursten.’
    1. 1.1 A division between two distinct or opposite things.
      ‘the borderline between ritual and custom’
      • ‘The decor and costumes, by Peter McKintosh, are imaginative and cleverly sit on the borderline between reality and fantasy.’
      • ‘It was typical of his work, very much on the borderline between mathematics and physical science, and exhibiting technical skill in classical analysis that is rare nowadays.’
      • ‘‘We tried to argue that we are on the borderline between Southeast Asia and the Pacific, but they were not terribly impressed with that argument,’ he said.’
      • ‘Brilliantly passionate and incisive vocals over stunning arrangements on the borderline between jazz, classical and flamenco.’
      • ‘Emma's voice was borderline between sweet, and annoyingly too sweet.’
      • ‘On the borderline between childhood and adolescence, I was still trying to figure out who I was.’
      • ‘Thus, from the outset, we are on the borderline between art and cliché, the self-consciously poetic writing nudging us in the direction of art.’
      • ‘Having said that, my gut instinct is that actually Shakespeare was somewhere very much on the borderline between Protestant and Catholic ways of thinking.’
      • ‘In general, that's sort of a fuzzy borderline between psychosurgery and neurological surgery.’
      • ‘Nationality nouns (Americans, a New Zealander, the Japanese) lie on the borderline between proper and common nouns.’
      • ‘The precipitation was on that borderline between sleet and just frigid rain.’
      • ‘First, it may be the case that psi lurks in this borderline between reality and imagination.’
      • ‘My work on the origin of the Universe is on the borderline between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side of the border.’
      • ‘Hawking was on the borderline between a first and a second.’
      • ‘It's actually one of those bits of ‘music’ that hovers on the borderline of being both scary and hilarious and then scary all over again.’
      • ‘Dias de las Noches sits on the borderline between dance and theatre typical of the venue.’
      • ‘Bar owners complain of unfair business when they are located on the borderline between smoking and non-smoking.’
      • ‘I like that: revel in your glorious failures, dance on the borderline between success and disaster, because that is where your next breakthrough will come from.’
      • ‘That's right on the borderline between a Category 2 and Category 3 and this could very well become a Category 3 hurricane.’
      • ‘It was an enjoyable and memorable night on the borderline of Galway and Mayo.’
      dividing line, divide, division, demarcation line, line of demarcation, line, cut-off point
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  • Only just acceptable in quality or as belonging to a category.

    ‘references may be requested in borderline cases’
    • ‘I have been told that I am borderline dangerously overweight.’
    • ‘‘I'm getting base hits because the pitcher isn't getting borderline strikes called,’ Johnson says.’
    • ‘Most of this stuff is borderline cruel or harassing, not entertaining.’
    • ‘Hitting coach Gerald Perry says opponents are pitching Buhner tougher than anyone in the lineup, and he has reacted to some borderline called strikes by chasing a few pitches he usually takes.’
    • ‘While his performance has its share of moments that borderline on the shrill, by the end of the movie he has managed to generate more than a little sympathy.’
    • ‘Seventeen of the 69 case encounters in the afternoon session were rated as borderline.’
    • ‘His accent is nearly impeccable, and I was listening closely for him to slip up (I'm borderline obsessed with Brits doing American accents).’
    • ‘Recently I developed borderline high blood sugar, and my doctor recommended that I cut down on carbohydrates.’
    • ‘At least one top NBA scout has been telling college underclassmen who might be borderline first-round picks this June that it's better to wait for the 2005 draft.’
    • ‘A normal level is 8 centimeters or more; 5 to 8 centimeters is borderline.’
    • ‘Reese says he hopes the pre-service teacher conferences and summer institutes will serve as a reinforcement for students who want to be teachers, particularly those who may be borderline.’
    • ‘And because of that, isn't there a chance that they aren't borderline incompetent, and are closer to borderline great?’
    • ‘Because Hamilton rarely has taken a tough stance and management has sent mixed signals to him about handling some dicey situations, things have gotten borderline out of control.’
    • ‘‘They probably would have been borderline 10 years ago,’ Deane said.’
    • ‘Of course, pitches don't come across the plate labeled ‘ball’ and ‘strike’—most of them are borderline.’
    • ‘During long stretches of borderline freezing temperatures when the frost line neither advances nor recedes, water is continually drawn up to the ice lens where it freezes.’
    • ‘I've seen some borderline calls over the years, but I also have seen some pretty flagrant late hits along the way as well.’
    • ‘Another explanation of the findings could be that borderline dementia subjects might have lower leisure activity as a result of early disease.’
    • ‘About 6,000 smokers with borderline to moderate airflow obstruction were recruited and were followed up for 5 years.’
    • ‘Were the youth of America, desperate for an honest set of heroes, supposed to find these borderline illiterate street skate rats admirable?’
    marginal, indefinite, uncertain, unsure, unsettled, undecided, up in the air, doubtful, open to doubt, problematic, indeterminate, unclassifiable, ambivalent, equivocal
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