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verge1  audio  (vûrj) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The extreme edge or margin; a border. See Synonyms at border.
    1. An enclosing boundary.
    2. The space enclosed by such a boundary.
  2. The point beyond which an action, state, or condition is likely to begin or occur; the brink: on the verge of tears; a nation on the verge of economic prosperity.
  3. Architecture The edge of the tiling that projects over a roof gable.
  4. Chiefly British The shoulder of a road.
  5. A rod, wand, or staff carried as an emblem of authority or office.
  6. Obsolete The rod held by a feudal tenant while swearing fealty to a lord.
  7. The spindle of a balance wheel in a clock or watch, especially such a spindle in a clock with vertical escapement.
  8. The male organ of copulation in certain invertebrates.
intr.v.
verged, verg·ing, verg·es
  1. To approach the nature or condition of something specified; come close. Used with on: a brilliance verging on genius.
  2. To be on the edge or border: Her land verges on the neighboring township.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, rod, ring, from Latin virga, rod, strip


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