Definition of borderland in English:



  • 1The district near a border.

    • ‘Over 60 percent of the settlers came from England's borderlands region surrounding the Irish Sea: the Scottish lowlands, northern Ireland, and the six northern counties of England.’
    • ‘If Cymbeline attempts to portray James's project for union as already having happened in Britain's ancient past, then the savage borderlands of the new empire are the last places one might want to enact such a coming together.’
    • ‘Another important point is to demonstrate how culture and politics shape borders, by showing examples of borderlands where each side of a boundary has its own peculiarities.’
    • ‘Judging from settler letters and narratives, resettlement to the eastern borderlands did not produce radical change in the way that peasants defined themselves.’
    • ‘Nay Ley stands in silence, in the shadow of a small hut in a clearing at the foot of the Shan mountains, on the borderlands between Burma and Thailand.’
    • ‘The Dee Estuary, the Wirral peninsula and the Welsh borderlands are all within easy access.’
    • ‘‘Coming from the northeast of England and near the Scottish borderlands, I knew a little bit about castles,’ smiles Sylvester.’
    • ‘Over time the economic ties forged through trading and raiding knitted originally disparate peoples into a cohesive borderlands society that had its own standards, practices, and, Brooks asserts, culture.’
    • ‘The earl's apparent success in pacifying the Middle Shires and civilizing the erstwhile borderlands led the king to involve him in the creation of other legal institutions throughout Scotland.’
    • ‘His policies in the borderlands were essentially conservative, although his Welsh birth and descent were an advantage in his dealings with Wales.’
    • ‘The fault occupies the farthest reaches of the friction zone between the Pacific and North American plates, an area geophysicists know as the borderlands.’
    • ‘These foot soldiers were spread throughout the borderlands of the Empire to protect from invasion and secure against revolts.’
    • ‘The nadir came when his brother, Perdiccas III, died in battle against Illyrian invaders, who occupied the north-western borderlands.’
    • ‘This geographical location of the Spanish borderlands can be described by the Nahuatl word nepantla, an indigenous term meaning ‘the place in the middle.’’
    • ‘Their continued presence in the borderlands demonstrates that the use of the border to mark nationality remained incomplete.’
    • ‘The book focuses on the Economic Quadrangle, an ambitious and visionary plan to create a zone of economic cooperation, integration and prosperity in the borderlands of the upper-Mekong region.’
    • ‘Son of a postman in a remote village of Béarn, in the borderlands with Spain, his trajectory bears many similarities to that of Raymond Williams, son of a railwayman in the marches of Wales, who was aware of the kinship between them.’
    • ‘By 1774, Iroquoia had become a true borderlands region.’
    • ‘The brand-spanking-new hardcore gym has filled a gaping hole on the Manhattan-Bronx borderlands, a neighborhood in need of a place to pump serious iron.’
    • ‘The western and southern borderlands of the Russian Empire were both its most urbanized and industrialized regions and the thickest with national minorities.’
    borders, boundaries, borderlands, frontiers, limits, confines
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    1. 1.1An area of overlap between two things.
      ‘the murky borderland between history and myth’
      • ‘The detective figure in the hard-boiled story, then, operates in a frequently murky borderland between good and evil, where he can never be sure at any given time which is which.’
      • ‘I mean consciousness is really still studied as much by philosophers as by cognitive scientists, and that tells you we're still in that borderlands area.’
      • ‘Prison is a cultural borderland - both a site on the edge of normality and a place within which subordinate cultures press up against each other, competing among themselves for power.’
      • ‘Shermer distinguishes normal science, nonscience, and borderlands science and lists examples of each, along with his judgment about their scientific validity.’
      • ‘Youth within the economic and cultural geography of neoliberal capitalism occupy a borderland in which the desiring machine of commodification exists side by side with the imposing threat of the prison-industrial complex.’
      • ‘We're journeying in the psychological borderlands of music, and what you bring with you in your head and your heart, as well as how you listen, may affect your perception of these experimental sounds.’
      • ‘Bromhall's next foray into the borderlands of science concerns the infamous Mother Goddess myth that all societies were supposedly female-fixated in prehistory.’
      • ‘Plagued by tribal warfare, autocratic and murderous government, and an inefficient and corruption-ridden economy, it is trapped on the bloody borderland between primitivism and civilization.’
      • ‘The celebration was a multilayered borderland where performance, art, and architecture expressed messages whose meanings differed depending upon the observer's position.’
      • ‘Taken as a whole the book makes the point that the new fledgling field of ‘economic sociology’ has made valuable contributions on the borderland between economics and the other social sciences.’
      • ‘Lomeli dwells on the extensive literary production from the Mexican American cultural borderlands, as well as on the task of recovery and inclusion by Chicano Studies of works prior to the Chicano Rennaissance.’
      • ‘Thus, while the performance as a performance dissolves into the resistant emptiness that Phelan theorizes, what has been performed gestures toward geographic and cultural borderlands that refuse to vanish.’
      • ‘That kind of research is in a gray, borderland area.’
      • ‘In a similar vein, the last three essays of the collection use the metaphor of the borderlands to highlight the representation of hybrid subjectivities in the works of notable American and post-colonial minority writers.’
      • ‘In Sapogonia, Ana Castillo explores the geographic and psychic borderlands between the United States and Mexico as internalized in a fantasy of the myth of the Conquistador and its potential violence to women.’
      • ‘In constituting them as analytic borderlands, discontinuities are given a terrain, rather than reduced to a dividing line.’
      • ‘The whole area of the borderland between what is normal aging and very, very early Alzheimer's disease is an intensively investigated area of research currently.’
      • ‘Truzzi was correct in noting that we share similar interests in and attitudes toward the borderlands of science with other skeptical organizations, and I appreciate his acknowledgment of our differences as well.’
      • ‘There are a lot of books that work on the borderland between those two domains.’
      • ‘Many of these writers worked in the shadowy borderland between Academia, Bohemia, and Grub Street.’