Meaning of VERGE in English


I. ˈvərj noun

Etymology: Middle English, rod, measuring rod, margin, from Anglo-French, rod, area of jurisdiction, from Latin virga twig, rod, line

Date: 15th century



(1) : a rod or staff carried as an emblem of authority or symbol of office

(2) obsolete : a stick or wand held by a person being admitted to tenancy while he swears fealty

b. : the spindle of a watch balance ; especially : a spindle with pallets in an old vertical escapement

c. : the male copulatory organ of any of various invertebrates


a. : something that borders, limits, or bounds: as

(1) : an outer margin of an object or structural part

(2) : the edge of roof covering (as tiling) projecting over the gable of a roof

(3) British : a paved or planted strip of land at the edge of a road : shoulder

b. : brink , threshold

a country on the verge of destruction — Archibald MacLeish

II. intransitive verb

( verged ; verg·ing )

Date: 1787

1. : to be contiguous

2. : to be on the verge or border

the line where sentiment verge s on mawkishness — Thomas Hardy

III. intransitive verb

( verged ; verg·ing )

Etymology: Latin vergere to bend, incline — more at wrench

Date: 1610


a. of the sun : to move or tend toward the horizon : sink

b. : to move or extend in some direction or toward some condition

verging to a hasty decline — Edward Gibbon

2. : to be in transition or change

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