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margin

mar·gin

margin

 
 
pronunciation:
mar jihn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an edge and the border area near it.
It's illegal to drive on the margin of a highway.
synonyms:
border, frame, periphery, rim, verge
similar words:
bound, boundary, circuit, edge, fringe, hem, lip
definition 2: the blank space between written or printed matter and the edge of a page.
I got my paper back, and the professor wrote some nice comments in the margins.She set narrow margins for her document.
similar words:
border, edge, frame, periphery
definition 3: a limit beyond which something is no longer desirable or beyond which something no longer exists.
His behavior went to the margin of propriety.
synonyms:
bounds, fringe, limit
similar words:
brink, extreme, verge
definition 4: an amount allowed beyond what is considered necessary, so as to provide for profit, safety, accuracy, or the like.
Leave a good margin of time for getting to the airport in this weather.The calculation gives a margin of error of four per cent for the poll.
synonyms:
leeway
similar words:
elbowroom, excess, latitude, loophole, play, safety, tolerance
definition 5: the difference between the cost and the selling price of goods.
Our margin of profit is very small on these products.
synonyms:
markup
similar words:
appreciation, inflation, profit
definition 6: any of several monetary differences, as between the amount of a loan and the value of the collateral.
synonyms:
differential
similar words:
cost, expense, profit, yield
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: margined, margining, margins
definition 1: to supply with a margin.
synonyms:
border, edge, fringe, rim
similar words:
bound, circle, encircle, encompass, frame, outline, trim
definition 2: to add notes in the margin of.
similar words:
annotate, mark, notate, note
definition 3: to deposit money in a brokerage account as surety against losses, or to establish or add to a margin account by such deposits.