Main definitions of verge in English

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verge1

noun

  • 1An edge or border.

    ‘they came down to the verge of the lake’
    • ‘The flat verges were littered with seaweed and plastic flotsam.’
    edge, border, margin, side, brink, rim, lip, limit, boundary, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, borderline, frontier
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    1. 1.1British A grass edging such as that by the side of a road or path.
      ‘the grass verge outside the church’
      • ‘Ray Darcy was responsible for cutting the road verges and hedges on the approach roads to the village.’
      • ‘People also got out in November and planted thousands of daffodils along the road verges.’
      • ‘This happened on a straight, single-lane gravel road with a grass verge.’
      • ‘What sort of machine is used to cut the grass verges?’
      • ‘The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.’
      • ‘If we don't cut the grass verges, no-one else will.’
      • ‘One of the options is to put double white lines down which would preclude people from parking on the road and the grass verges.’
      • ‘These days the Trace is a bitumen road, grass verges neatly manicured and mowed for mile after funereal mile.’
      • ‘Fortunately, in those days, roadside verges were clear of overhanging tree branches.’
      • ‘In north Norfolk we are used to the dramatic appearance of a Barn Owl as it hunts the road side verges searching for small rodents.’
      • ‘The Escort was being driven south along the 30 mph stretch, when it mounted a grass verge alongside the road.’
      • ‘I climbed over the safety barrier and sat on the grassy, hilly verge to wait.’
      • ‘At one point, an eye-witness saw it throw up dirt and grass from the nearside verge.’
      • ‘The roadside verges and hedgerows also came in for favourable comment from the judges.’
      • ‘Mr Hocaniuk, 24, broke hard and steered to avoid the collision, ending up on a grass verge by the side of the road.’
      • ‘The complex of ranch buildings spreads across a grassy verge above a tumbling creek.’
      • ‘Over 45 sites were tackled this year including road verges and loch sides.’
      • ‘Overgrown grass verges will be cut back after councils backtracked over the service.’
      • ‘Their car hit the nearside verge, and came to rest in the middle lane.’
      • ‘It's a wooded area with quiet roads and grass verges, a perfect spot to walk dogs.’
      edge, border, margin, side, brink, rim, lip, limit, boundary, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, borderline, frontier
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    2. 1.2Architecture An edge of tiles projecting over a gable.
      • ‘Only if society is on the verge of collapse can a communist revolution succeed.’
      • ‘The poor condition of that tiling and the defective mortar to the verge tiling generally warranted further investigation, in Mr Bruce's opinion.’
  • 2An extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen.

    ‘I was on the verge of tears’
    • ‘Health bosses are believed to be on the verge of producing a new document outlining the fate of Ilkley's Coronation Hospital.’
    • ‘A lot of the buildings were damaged or were on the verge of collapsing.’
    • ‘We're just at the verge of starting to really understand from the molecular level to the systems level how the brain works.’
    • ‘My voice has got so loud that it is on the verge of breaking.’
    • ‘The girl began to whimper again, and looked on the verge of tears.’
    • ‘The majority of rolling stock was hideously dated and on the verge of collapse.’
    • ‘And then she turned to her friend, who seemed on the verge of collapsing.’
    • ‘But his centuries-old livelihood is on the verge of collapse since the areca nut price has crashed beyond imagination.’
    • ‘"Matt and Kirsten are on the verge of breaking up, " Lily said.’
    • ‘By the late 1960s many believed the disease was on the verge of extinction.’
    • ‘He approached companies who were on the verge of bankruptcy before he bought them.’
    • ‘I was on the verge of tears, but it needed to be said.’
    • ‘At the time of the merger, Nissan was on the verge of bankruptcy.’
    • ‘Danna looked on the verge of tears as she nodded and tried to smile.’
    • ‘I hoped he didn't notice I was on the verge of a breakdown.’
    • ‘In all the industrialised countries the welfare state is on the verge of collapse.’
    • ‘An extremely competent golfer, Alf was on the verge of turning professional at one time.’
    • ‘I screamed through my closed door, near the verge of tears.’
    • ‘Our testing in Denver makes me believe we're on the verge of breaking through.’
    • ‘But the species is dwindling fast and is feared on the verge of extinction.’
    brink, threshold, edge, point, dawn
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verb

[NO OBJECT]verge on
  • Be very close or similar to.

    ‘despair verging on the suicidal’
    • ‘‘The Arabs have been driven into a state verging on despair; and the present unrest is no more than an expression of that despair’.’
    • ‘Stuart MacGill, Warne's replacement, is a perfectly-good bowler, but he struggled, so much so that his body language often verged on despair.’
    tend towards, incline to, incline towards, border on, approach, near, come near, be close to, be near to, touch on, be tantamount to, be more or less, be not far from, approximate to, resemble, be similar to
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’. The current verb sense dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

verge

/vəːdʒ/

Main definitions of verge in English

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verge2

noun

  • A wand or rod carried before a bishop or dean as an emblem of office.

    • ‘‘I will carry on looking after the verges until they (the council) shoot me,’ he said.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin virga ‘rod’.

Pronunciation

verge

/vəːdʒ/

Main definitions of verge in English

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verge3

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Incline in a certain direction or towards a particular state.

    ‘his style verged into the art nouveau school’
    • ‘If full, then verge south of start, lots down at Bonfield Gill half a mile from start.’
    • ‘This is not yet treasonable talk, though it verged close enough for Eliot to be sent to the Tower.’
    • ‘The ambition of such a project verges towards the arrogant.’
    • ‘‘We are fast verging toward anarchy and confusion,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘Driving into London overnight from deep in the countryside is an experience verging close to the surreal.’
    • ‘If that were so, it would be tempting to dismiss these poems as mere word-play, verging toward nonsense.’
    • ‘Folds are commonly asymmetric, and verge to the south or SE.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘descend to the horizon’): from Latin vergere ‘to bend, incline’.

Pronunciation

verge

/vəːdʒ/