Noun Verging Definition and Examples







An edge or border.
  1. 'The flat verges were littered with seaweed and plastic flotsam.'
  2. 'The dog, nicknamed John, appeared on the grass verge by the side of the road in the main street through the village.'
  3. 'Overgrown grass verges will be cut back after councils backtracked over the service.'
  4. 'Mr Hocaniuk, 24, broke hard and steered to avoid the collision, ending up on a grass verge by the side of the road.'
  5. 'I climbed over the safety barrier and sat on the grassy, hilly verge to wait.'
  6. 'Their car hit the nearside verge, and came to rest in the middle lane.'
  7. 'At one point, an eye-witness saw it throw up dirt and grass from the nearside verge.'
  8. 'If we don't cut the grass verges, no-one else will.'
  9. 'The roadside verges and hedgerows also came in for favourable comment from the judges.'
  10. 'One of the options is to put double white lines down which would preclude people from parking on the road and the grass verges.'
  11. 'Ray Darcy was responsible for cutting the road verges and hedges on the approach roads to the village.'
  12. 'The poor condition of that tiling and the defective mortar to the verge tiling generally warranted further investigation, in Mr Bruce's opinion.'
An extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen.
  1. 'I hoped he didn't notice I was on the verge of a breakdown.'
  2. 'But his centuries-old livelihood is on the verge of collapse since the areca nut price has crashed beyond imagination.'
  3. 'My voice has got so loud that it is on the verge of breaking.'
  4. 'At the time of the merger, Nissan was on the verge of bankruptcy.'
  5. 'The majority of rolling stock was hideously dated and on the verge of collapse.'
  6. 'An extremely competent golfer, Alf was on the verge of turning professional at one time.'
  7. 'I was on the verge of tears, but it needed to be said.'
  8. 'But the species is dwindling fast and is feared on the verge of extinction.'
  9. 'The girl began to whimper again, and looked on the verge of tears.'
  10. 'I screamed through my closed door, near the verge of tears.'


Be very close or similar to.
  1. 'Stuart MacGill, Warne's replacement, is a perfectly-good bowler, but he struggled, so much so that his body language often verged on despair.'


Incline in a certain direction or towards a particular state.
  1. 'If full, then verge south of start, lots down at Bonfield Gill half a mile from start.'
  2. 'This is not yet treasonable talk, though it verged close enough for Eliot to be sent to the Tower.'
  3. 'If that were so, it would be tempting to dismiss these poems as mere word-play, verging toward nonsense.'
  4. 'The ambition of such a project verges towards the arrogant.'
((p. pr. & vb. n.) of Verge)


1. the edge, rim, or margin of something: the verge of a desert; to operate on the verge of fraud.

2. the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs; brink: on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

3. a limiting belt, strip, or border of something.

4. British. a narrow strip of turf bordering on a pathway, sidewalk, roadway, etc.

5. a decorative border, as on or around an object, structural part, etc.

6. limited room or scope for something: an action within the verge of one's abilities.

7. an area or district subject to a particular jurisdiction.

8. History/Historical. an area or district in England embracing the royal palace, being the jurisdiction of the Marshalsea Court.

9. the part of a sloping roof that projects beyond the gable wall. 10. Architecture. the shaft of a column or colonette. 1

1. a rod, wand, or staff, especially one carried as an emblem of authority or of the office of a bishop, dean, or the like. 1

2. Horology. a palletlike lever formerly used in inexpensive pendulum clocks. 1

3. Obsolete. a stick or wand held in the hand of a person swearing fealty to a feudal lord on being admitted as a tenant. verb (used without object), verged, verging. 1

4. to be on the edge or margin; border: Our property verges on theirs. 1

5. to come close to or be in transition to some state, quality, etc. (usually followed by on): a statesman who verged on greatness; a situation that verged on disaster. verb (used with object), verged, verging. 1

6. to serve as the verge or boundary of: a high hedge verging the yard.


"vergings can be on insanes."
"vergings can be on things."
"vergings can be on tarties."
"vergings can be on sandy-coloureds."
"vergings can be on purples."
"vergings can be on mythicals."
"vergings can be on musclings."
"vergings can be on metaphoricals."
"vergings can be on intemperates."
"vergings can be on disorders."
"vergings can be on crises."
"vergings can be on contempts."
"vergings can be on caricatures."
"vergings can be on brutalities."
"vergings can be on albinos."
"vergings can be on ages."
"vergings can be on academics."
"vergings can be at times."



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

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