• WordNet 3.6
    • adj marginal at or constituting a border or edge "the marginal strip of beach"
    • adj marginal of questionable or minimal quality "borderline grades","marginal writing ability"
    • adj marginal producing at a rate that barely covers production costs "marginal industries"
    • adj marginal just barely adequate or within a lower limit "a bare majority","a marginal victory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On December 17 1991, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 148-80, the largest margin of victory in an NBA game
    • Marginal At the lower limit; barely sufficient; as, of marginal utility.
    • Marginal Of or pertaining to a margin.
    • Marginal Written or printed in the margin; as, a marginal note or gloss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Books on religion outnumbered works of fiction by a 2 to 1 margin in 1870 England. Sixteen years later, novels surpassed religious works.
    • marginal Pertaining to a margin; situated on or near the margin; specifically, written or printed in the margin of a page: as, a marginal note or gloss.
    • n marginal One of the bones which form the border of the carapace in turtles, except in the Trionychoidea, in which they are lacking: same as marginal plate. See cut under carapace, 1.
    • n marginal In the ammonoid cephalopods, or ammonites, one of the small inflections which sometimes develop on the sides of the antisiphonal lobe of the sutures.
    • n marginal In conchology, one of the outermost teeth on the radula of gastropods; one of the uncini.
    • n marginal In asteroid echinoderms, one of the series of thick plates round the margin of the arms and disk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Self-made millionaire Cyrus Field championed the idea of a telegraph from England to Newfoundland. Britain quickly agreed to subsidize. Congress went along by a one-vote margin. That was in 1856. Laying cable was tough. It kept breaking. The first line - two years later - died almost immediately. But 10 years later, there were two working lines. Communications changed forever.
    • Marginal pertaining to a margin: placed in the margin
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  • Bill Russell
    Bill Russell
    “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”
  • Michel Foucault
    “The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”
  • H. R. Haweis
    H. R. Haweis
    “Give God the margin of eternity to justify himself.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Revenue is vanity... margin is sanity... cash is king.”
  • Arnold Bennett
    “A first-rate Organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. marginal,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. margo, marginis; cf. mark.


In literature:

THE MARGIN OF POWER is the power available above that necessary to maintain horizontal flight.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
We lost the vote by a very small margin.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
This appears from the marginal notes and a variety of minute coincidences, perceptible on collating the printed portion.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
And trading on margin means trading on the ragged edge of nothing.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
Mr. Tabor will buy on a margin for us.
"Halsey & Co." by H. K. Shackleford
We must always be considerably under establishment in the absence of some such margin.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
This imprint was shown on each of the four margins.
"The Stamps of Canada" by Bertram Poole
The top and bottom margins should be wider than the side margins.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
By the lone Mankayana's margin gray, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
The household budget thus leaves very little margin over from the strictly necessary food-expenses.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox

In poetry:

On, where the stream flows quiet
As the meadows’ margins by it,
Or widens out to borrow a
New life from that wild water,
The mountain giant’s daughter,
The pine-besung Chocorua.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She said, and rushing from the bower,
Devoted sought in evil hour
The promontory steep;
Hung o'er the margin of the main,
Her fix'd and earnest eyeballs strain
The dashing of the deep.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
Lost nymph of the stream, we find thee again;
Clouds from their treasures have pour'd out the rain;
Thy channel is full, thou glidest along,
Flowers on thy margin and mirth in thy song.
"Be Hopeful: III -- The Stream" by Janet Hamilton
"There flows a fair stream by the hills of the West,"--
She sang to her boy as he lay on her breast;
"Along its smooth margin thy fathers have played;
Beside its deep waters their ashes are laid."
"The Hudson" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Did storms harrass or foes perplex,
Did wasps or king-birds bring dismay—
Did wars distress, or labours vex,
Or did you miss your way?—
A better seat you could not take
Than on the margin of this lake.
"To A Honey Bee" by Philip Morin Freneau
The pale-bright margins of the streams are seen by none;
Rushes and sweeps along the untamable flood on every side —
It penetrates and fills the cottagers' dwellings far and wide —
Water and land are blent in one.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

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Anderson County jumped to a 16-4 lead after a quarter then continued to build the margin on the way to a 68-16 win over visiting Eminence on Friday night.
The ACT has for the first time overtaken the SAT as the most popular college admissions exam by a margin of a few thousand students.
For the team that has the least margin for error in baseball, the margin was errors on Monday night.
The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the full sample.
Will the Constitution be further marginalized tomorrow -- or revived.
But anglers and hunters in 2011 still spent the most money, by a wide margin.
Although the margins were somewhat close, the decision has been made to hold this year's Christmas toy run as we have every year.
The separation his College of the Redwoods football team has with opponents is marginal and it's nerve-wracking.
Vote count is beyond recount margin.
Low Price Lace Up Floor Length Occasion Dresses Outlet * { margin: 0.
Democratic legislator Paul Fong defeated independent challenger Chad Walsh by a strong margin Tuesday night in the race for the 28th Assembly District seat.
Worst thing' GOP can do is marginalize Ron Paul supporters.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday night that Republicans who would marginalize Rep Ron Paul (R-Texas) are making a big mistake.
In other words, the rambunctious House Republican majority, which controls only one chamber in Congress, must be marginalized , and nobody but you can do it.

In science:

So this would rather describe the marginal deformation corresponding to the change of Gyy , which is discussed in section 3.2.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
In such a limit Pauli’s principle has only a marginal effect, so particles statistics are unimportant.
Ground State Properties of Many-Body Systems in the Two-Body Random Ensemble and Random Matrix Theory
However, Albedo particles have momenta typically P . 5 GeV/c per nucleon, and the threshold of this radiator P ≈ 4.1 GeV/c/nuleon , is of marginal interest for the rejection purpose.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
We shall see, however, that the marginal stability curves, obtained with these two sets of relations, are not much different from each other.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
We shall show that the marginal problem is equivalent to an eigenvalue problem of quantum mechanics.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas