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September 3, 2010


1. An edge and the area immediately adjacent to it; a border.
2. The blank space bordering the written or printed area on a page.
3. A limit in a condition or process, beyond or below which something is no longer possible or acceptable: the margin of reality; has crossed the margin of civilized behavior.
4. An amount allowed beyond what is needed: a small margin of safety.
5. A measure, quantity, or degree of difference: a margin of 500 votes.
6. Economics
a. The minimum return that an enterprise may earn and still pay for itself.
b. The difference between the cost and the selling price of securities or commodities.
c. The difference between the market value of collateral and the face value of a loan.
7. An amount in money, or represented by securities, deposited by a customer with a broker as a provision against loss on transactions made on account.
8. Botany The border of a leaf.

tr.v. mar·gined, mar·gin·ing, mar·gins
1. To provide with a margin.
2. To be a margin to; border.
3. To inscribe or enter in the margin of a page.
4. Economics
a. To add margin to: margin up a brokerage account.
b. To deposit margin for: margin a transaction.
c. To buy or hold (securities) by depositing or adding to a margin.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin marg, margin-; see merg- in Indo-European roots.]

margined adj.

–definition from The Free Dictionary

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2010 12:31 am

    This lovely post took forever to load on my computer. As it was moving so slowly, it caused me to think that perhaps that thin stripe – that margin was all I was supposed to get. I love the idea of margins and that you have given us so many definitions to think about.

    • September 10, 2010 1:46 am

      I’m sorry it took so long to load, but I love the idea it spawned! (hmm….maybe an idea for another vispo…) Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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