Definition of borderline in English:



  • 1A line marking a border.

    • ‘In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the borderline between England and Scotland was in turmoil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every morning Saeed goes to his farmland, only meters away from the borderline.’
    • ‘Beginning with the confluence with the Neisse River and continuing to just above Szczecin, the Oder becomes the borderline between Poland and Germany.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grass fires breaking out from Mongolia crossed the borderline with China.’
    • ‘The Seminar room is prominently located at the river front, towards the borderline of the property.’
    • ‘The main purpose of this deputation is to protect the borderline.’
    • ‘I remember my first journey to the Iguazu Falls, in the borderline between Brazil and Argentina.’
    • ‘A common complaint is replacement of borderline fences and wood retaining walls.’
    • ‘I'm near the borderline of Vancouver and Burnaby.’
    • ‘Just east of the borderline between England and Scotland, I found mapped down an earthquake dated to June 7th, 1934.’
    • ‘They guarded the borderline on Kamchatka, near Vyborg, anywhere, but not at home.’
    • ‘Since then, hundreds of thousands have crossed the borderline through holes they made into the 6-meter height concrete wall.’
    • ‘I grew up out of living right next to the borderline of L.A. County.’
    • ‘Two thousand years ago, a Roman fortress had guarded the borderline of the empire.’
    • ‘After two decades had passed, 80% of the people in the first group had crossed the borderline and developed high blood pressure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One team is the defense and tries to protect the borderline, preventing the other team from entering.’
    • ‘The economic disparities on the reservation struck “as soon as you drove over the borderline,” she said.’
    • ‘However, the mighty Caesar had just crossed the borderline between Italy and Cisalpine Gaul known as the Rubincan River.’
    • ‘But it's definitely somewhere near the New York-New Jersey borderline, where are the posh Victorian homes are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are the Alps near the borderline between Italy and Austria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today we have crossed the borderline of 2000 videos.’
    • ‘But surely you understand that it is impossible to control the entire borderline at all times.’
    • ‘In 1994, the borderline of the City of Warsaw was enlarged to the surrounded province.’
    • ‘Joseph Hollas settled south of Mr. Besetzny next to the borderline of the village of Wursten.’
    • ‘It is worth noting that motorcycles were used to patrol the borderline and were seen as an effective force multiplier.’
    • ‘By drawing borderlines separating the yellow/red areas and surrounding blue areas, we obtained three major categories of genes.’
    1. 1.1 A division between two distinct (often extreme) conditions.
      ‘the borderline between ritual and custom’
      • ‘Nationality nouns (Americans, a New Zealander, the Japanese) lie on the borderline between proper and common nouns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The precipitation was on that borderline between sleet and just frigid rain.’
      • ‘Dias de las Noches sits on the borderline between dance and theatre typical of the venue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The decor and costumes, by Peter McKintosh, are imaginative and cleverly sit on the borderline between reality and fantasy.’
      • ‘First, it may be the case that psi lurks in this borderline between reality and imagination.’
      • ‘Bar owners complain of unfair business when they are located on the borderline between smoking and non-smoking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brilliantly passionate and incisive vocals over stunning arrangements on the borderline between jazz, classical and flamenco.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the borderline between childhood and adolescence, I was still trying to figure out who I was.’
      • ‘It was an enjoyable and memorable night on the borderline of Galway and Mayo.’
      • ‘Having said that, my gut instinct is that actually Shakespeare was somewhere very much on the borderline between Protestant and Catholic ways of thinking.’
      • ‘That's right on the borderline between a Category 2 and Category 3 and this could very well become a Category 3 hurricane.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Emma's voice was borderline between sweet, and annoyingly too sweet.’
      • ‘In general, that's sort of a fuzzy borderline between psychosurgery and neurological surgery.’
      • ‘Hawking was on the borderline between a first and a second.’
      dividing line, divide, division, demarcation line, line of demarcation, line, cut-off point
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  • Barely acceptable in quality or as belonging to a category; on the borderline.

    ‘references may be requested in borderline cases’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His accent is nearly impeccable, and I was listening closely for him to slip up (I'm borderline obsessed with Brits doing American accents).’
    • ‘And because of that, isn't there a chance that they aren't borderline incompetent, and are closer to borderline great?’
    • ‘Most of this stuff is borderline cruel or harassing, not entertaining.’
    • ‘Another explanation of the findings could be that borderline dementia subjects might have lower leisure activity as a result of early disease.’
    • ‘Were the youth of America, desperate for an honest set of heroes, supposed to find these borderline illiterate street skate rats admirable?’
    • ‘Recently I developed borderline high blood sugar, and my doctor recommended that I cut down on carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Of course, pitches don't come across the plate labeled ‘ball’ and ‘strike’—most of them are borderline.’
    • ‘‘They probably would have been borderline 10 years ago,’ Deane said.’
    • ‘Seventeen of the 69 case encounters in the afternoon session were rated as borderline.’
    • ‘‘I'm getting base hits because the pitcher isn't getting borderline strikes called,’ Johnson says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A normal level is 8 centimeters or more; 5 to 8 centimeters is borderline.’
    • ‘I have been told that I am borderline dangerously overweight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 6,000 smokers with borderline to moderate airflow obstruction were recruited and were followed up for 5 years.’
    • ‘I've seen some borderline calls over the years, but I also have seen some pretty flagrant late hits along the way as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    marginal, indefinite, uncertain, unsure, unsettled, undecided, up in the air, doubtful, open to doubt, problematic, indeterminate, unclassifiable, ambivalent, equivocal
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