• A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
    A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v borrow get temporarily "May I borrow your lawn mower?"
    • v borrow take up and practice as one's own
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later
    • Borrow Something deposited as security; a pledge; a surety; a hostage. "Ye may retain as borrows my two priests."
    • Borrow The act of borrowing. "Of your royal presence I'll adventure
      The borrow of a week."
    • Borrow To copy or imitate; to adopt; as, to borrow the style, manner, or opinions of another. "Rites borrowed from the ancients.""It is not hard for any man, who hath a Bible in his hands, to borrow good words and holy sayings in abundance; but to make them his own is a work of grace only from above."
    • Borrow To feign or counterfeit. "Borrowed hair.""The borrowed majesty of England."
    • Borrow To receive from another as a loan, with the implied or expressed intention of returning the identical article or its equivalent in kind; -- the opposite of lend.
    • Borrow To receive; to take; to derive. "Any drop thou borrowedst from thy mother."
    • Borrow (Arith) To take (one or more) from the next higher denomination in order to add it to the next lower; -- a term of subtraction when the figure of the subtrahend is larger than the corresponding one of the minuend.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration
    • n borrow A pledge or surety; bail; security: applied both to the thing given as security and to the person giving it: as, “with baile nor borrowe,”
    • n borrow A borrowing; the act of borrowing.
    • n borrow Cost; expense.
    • n borrow A tithing; a frank-pledge.
    • borrow To take or obtain (a thing) on pledge given for its return, or without pledge, but on the understanding that the thing obtained is to be returned, or an equivalent of the same kind is to be substituted for it; hence, to obtain the temporary use of: with of or from (formerly at): as, to borrow a book from a friend; to borrow money of a stranger.
    • borrow To take or receive gratuitously from another or from a foreign source and apply to one's own use; adopt; appropriate; by euphemism, to steal or plagiarize: as, to borrow aid; English has many borrowed words; to borrow an author's style, ideas, or language.
    • borrow To assume or usurp, as something counterfeit, feigned, or not real; assume out of some pretense.
    • borrow To be surety for; hence, to redeem; ransom.
    • borrow To practise borrowing; take or receive loans; appropriate to one's self what belongs to another or others: as, I neither borrow nor lend; he borrows freely from other authors.
    • borrow Nautical, to approach either land or the wind closely.
    • n borrow An obsolete form of borough.
    • n borrow Same as borrow-pit.
    • borrow A term used specifically in organ-building: of a pipe which improperly takes the wind from another and sounds at the latter's expense; of a stop or set of pipes which is incomplete in itself, but which is filled out by using some of the pipes of another stop or set: within certain limits the latter arrangement is entirely legitimate, since it renders possible the use of the same pipes in two distinct connections.
    • borrow In golf, when putting across sloping ground, to play the ball a little up the slope to counteract its effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Borrow bor′ō to obtain on loan or trust: to adopt from a foreign source: to derive one's authority from another (with from, of)
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  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”
  • Lord Burleigh
    Lord Burleigh
    “Don't borrow money from a neighbor or a friend, but of a stranger where, paying for it you shall hear of it no more.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. borwen, AS. borgian, fr. borg, borh, pledge; akin to D. borg, G. borg,; prob. fr. root of AS. beorgan, to protect. 95. See 1st Borough
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. borgianborg, borh, a pledge, security.


In literature:

You see, she's so stout she can't borrow much from the rest of us.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Ernest hesitated about this borrowing, but the boys said they could pay it back.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
But borrowing was against the rule, and it must be especially wrong to borrow missionary money.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
Congreve has merit of the highest kind; he is an original writer, who borrowed neither the models of his plot nor the manner of his dialogue.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
All mischance might be converted into lack of resources (money and goods), and he who borrowed fell into dependence and servitude.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Many of the settlers must borrow money to make proof.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Dollars, borrowed for the purpose, were lodged in the banks to the credit of an applicant.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
You know the money was borrowed for you, and that you spent it on your miserable music!
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
Other authors who tell the same story, have simply and unsuspiciously borrowed it from him.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It is plain that at this point the whole story has become what Borrow calls a 'fakement.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
It was one of those beautiful sunny October days when autumn seems to have borrowed from summer, and the air is as warm and balmy as June.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
We had to borrow money from the cook before night.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
On the morrow the dirty money was paid, Ralph having borrowed the amount from Mr. Neefit.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Then the detective takes from his pocket the borrowed bottle of chloroform, and asks for an empty vial.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
It is not honest to spend five dollars and more for a luxury while we are living on borrowed money.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Come across with me to Morant's, and I'll see what I can borrow on the land.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Letters / To his Wife / Mary Borrow / By / George Borrow / London: / Printed for Private Circulation / 1913.
"A Bibliography of the writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow" by Thomas J. Wise
I had no money to buy books, and had to depend on borrowing them.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Thus, through borrowing, progress may be a co-operative process.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar

In poetry:

Then they seek to borrow
Pleasure still from wrong,
And with smiling sorrow
Turn it to a song.
"The Song Of Pan" by Archibald Lampman
I only borrow
From some tomorrow
Where it lies sleeping,
Enough of sorrow
To sing of weeping.
"Borrower" by Mary Carolyn Davies
Yet O that I could borrow
That albatross’s flight!
To-morrow, Love, to-morrow
Is our supreme delight.
"The Liner" by John Le Gay Brereton
So when to-morrow
Ceases, and we
Quit this we borrow,
Love chastens sorrow
So it can see....
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
Would'st thou a poet be?
And would thy dull heart fain
Borrow of Israel's minstrelsy
One high enraptured strain?
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble
("If you would learn the woes that vex
Poor TANTALUS, down there,
Pray borrow of Papa an ex-
Purgated LEMPRIERE.)
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

This is a great time for any kind of home borrowing — as long as you do it smart.
Did you also know you may qualify for a tax deduction* if you borrow against the equity in your home.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Hued .
A breast pump you can borrow or pass on to a friend. Hey Hamels, since we're magazine buddies can I borrow a dollar.
Borrowing the handheld lensing and easy pace of a low-budget character piece, director Gareth Edwards, a CGI artist by trade, has created a dystopian landscape that's so naturalistic, it's uncanny.
Our friends at Smail Acura are letting us borrow the new Acura ILX for two weeks.
Is impeding an investigation of its loan modification practices by negotiating settlements with borrowers who must agree to keep them secret and not criticize the bank in exchange for cash payments and loan relief, Arizona officials say.
S omething Borrowed is based on a 2005 work of chick literature by Emily Giffin.
ALBANY — State Police can impound a borrowed car when the driver is arrested at a traffic stop instead of letting a licensed passenger drive it away, New York's top court ruled.
We are over $16 trillion in debt and are borrowing at least $1.3 trillion more each year.
Ohio students who borrowed money to earn a bachelor's degree in 2011 left college with an average debt of $28,683, according to a report by Project on Student Debt.
Every generation has an incentive to borrow money from the future to spend on itself.
Education, auto loans inflate borrowing in August.
A girl who borrowed her friend's asthma inhaler at a school in Colorado got expelled because officials say she broke the school's drug policy.

In science:

Oscillations of a guitar string, to borrow his example, can be treated as effectively non-local on timescales long compared to the timescale at which the forces that hold the string together propagate along the string.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Borrowing terminology from the hyperplane example, we call the elements of C chambers.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Our treatment can be viewed as an elaboration of Tits’s appendix to Solomon’s paper, with further ideas borrowed from Bidigare’s thesis .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
The methods used here are fairly standard, borrowed from the mathematical analysis of one-dimensional Heisenberg spin chains by Yang and Yang and from that of the 6-vertex models by Lieb and others .
A Six Vertex Model on a Fishnet
Using methods borrowed from the qualitative theory of differential equations (theory of dynamical systems) cosmologists have been able to figure out the behaviour of spacetime in the vicinity of a singularity.
Is Nature Generic?
Recently, we have suggested an explicit construction for the matrix measure of such ensembles, borrowing on the Coulomb gas analogy well-known in random matrix theory.
Free Random Levy Variables and Financial Probabilities
Methods borrowed from field theory are used to define the ensemble and to study analytically its properties.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
We use techniques borrowed from field theory, which enable one to formulate the problem and to find a number of results in a rather elegant fashion.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Using an integration technique borrowed from the theory of random matrices, we show that arbitrary k -th order correlation functions of the walkers can be expressed as quaternion determinants whose elements are compactly expressed in terms of symmetric Hahn polynomials.
Vicious Random Walkers and a Discretization of Gaussian Random Matrix Ensembles
For symmetries, it is often convenient to borrow terminologies from the random matrix theory which was first introduced by Wigner and Dyson.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models
This method has been borrowed from the numerical recipes .
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The following introduction is largely borrowed from .
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Another results can be simply obtained by noticing that the same type of RW mapping applies to the onedimensional RTIM , too, so that we can simply borrow the results obtained in this case.
Percolation in random environment
Fereras and Silk 2001); our use of scaling relations borrowed from Cold Dark Matter (“forwards”) models qualifies our approach rather as a “hybrid” one.
The Milky Way and the evolution of disk galaxies
In order to translate this activity into a radiological burden assuming that somehow the DU will be intaken by human beings, it is necessary to apply a conversion factor which we borrow from the official regulations based on the recommendations o f the International Commission on Radiation Protection .
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons