2 the limit beyond which something happens or changes; "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy" [syn: brink]
4 a grass border along a road v : border on; come close to; "His behavior verges on the criminal"
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)dʒ
Etymology 1From etyl frm verge, hence "scope, territory dominated," from etyl la virga, of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of 'within the verge' (1509, also as Anglo-Fr. dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the royal court, which sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area."
edge or border
Etymology 2From vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline," from the Proto-Indo-European werg- "to turn", itself from a root wer- "to turn, bend" (cfr. versus); strongly influenced by the homonymous noun verge in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to"
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Verge may refer to:
verge in French: Verge
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