• 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

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?