• WordNet 3.6
    • v verge border on; come close to "His behavior verges on the criminal"
    • n verge a grass border along a road
    • n verge the limit beyond which something happens or changes "on the verge of tears","on the brink of bankruptcy"
    • n verge a ceremonial or emblematic staff
    • n verge a region marking a boundary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Verge A border, limit, or boundary of a space; an edge, margin, or brink of something definite in extent. "Even though we go to the extreme verge of possibility to invent a supposition favorable to it, the theory . . . implies an absurdity.""But on the horizon's verge descried,
      Hangs, touched with light, one snowy sail."
    • Verge A circumference; a circle; a ring. "The inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round my brow."
    • Verge A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean.
    • Verge (Hort) A slip of grass adjoining gravel walks, and dividing them from the borders in a parterre.
    • Verge A virgate; a yardland.
    • Verge (Eng. Law) The compass of the court of Marshalsea and the Palace court, within which the lord steward and the marshal of the king's household had special jurisdiction; -- so called from the verge, or staff, which the marshal bore.
    • Verge (Arch) The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.
    • Verge (Hort) The edge or outside of a bed or border.
    • Verge (Zoöl) The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.
    • Verge The penis.
    • Verge (Arch) The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
    • Verge (Horol) The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement. See under Escapement.
    • Verge The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they holding it in the hand, and swearing fealty to the lord. Such tenants were called tenants by the verge.
    • Verge To border upon; to tend; to incline; to come near; to approach.
    • Verge To tend downward; to bend; to slope; as, a hill verges to the north. "Our soul, from original instinct, vergeth towards him as its center.""I find myself verging to that period of life which is to be labor and sorrow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verge A rod, or something in the form of a rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority or ensign of office; the mace of a bishop, dean, or other functionary.
    • n verge A stick or wand with which persons are admitted tenants, by holding it in the hand, and swearing fealty to the lord. On this account such tenants are called tenants by the verge.
    • n verge In architecture: The shaft of a column; a small ornamental shaft, The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof, that on the horizontal part being called eaves.
    • n verge The spindle of the balance-wheel of a watch, especially that of the old vertical movement.
    • n verge An accentmark.
    • n verge A quantity of land, from 15 to 30 acres; a yard-land; a virgate.
    • n verge The extreme side or edge of anything; the brink; edge; border; margin.
    • n verge The horizon.
    • n verge A boundary; a limit; hence, anything that incloses or bounds, as a ring or circlet.
    • n verge The space within a boundary or limit; hence, room; scope; place; opportunity.
    • n verge In English law, the compass of the jurisdiction of the Court of Marshalsea, or palace-court. It was an area of about twelve miles in circumference, embracing the royal palace, in which special provisions were made for peace and order.
    • n verge In a stocking-frame, a small piece of iron placed in front, of the needle-bar to regulate the position of the needles.
    • n verge In anatomy and zoology, the penis, especially that of various invertebrates.
    • n verge In horticulture, the grass edging of a bed or border; a slip of grass dividing the walks from the borders in a garden.
    • n verge The main beam of the trebuchet, a missile engine used in medieval warfare
    • verge To border.
    • verge To bend; slope: as, a hill that verges to the north.
    • verge To tend; incline; approach; border.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Verge verj a slender green branch, a twig: a rod, staff, or mace, or anything like them, used as an emblem of authority: extent of jurisdiction (esp. of the lord-steward of the royal household): the brink, extreme edge: the horizon: a boundary, limit: scope, opportunity: in gardening, the grass edging of a bed or border
    • v.i Verge verj to bend or incline: to tend downward: to slope: to tend: to border upon
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  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. verge, L. virga,; perhaps akin to E. wisp,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vergĕre, to bend, incline; cf. valgus, wry.


In literature:

His attitude was on the verge of incorrectness.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Franklin's son William was verging on manhood.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
His troops were on the verge of mutiny: he had to shoot one ringleader with his own hand.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume II" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
And now he was on the verge of tears.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
You are on the verge of that experience.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
But it did not even verge on either resentment or despondency.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Eudena and Ugh-lomi stepped back from the cliff until they could just see the bears over the verge.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
We are on the verge of very important discoveries, and a word at random might ruin everything.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Desmond watched him in a growing bewilderment that verged on impatience.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Indeed, she was on the verge of tears over the wantonly injurious statement made by the husband whom she had cherished for a lifetime.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan

In poetry:

And on the verge of this wild sea
Famine and death doth cry;
The cries of women and of babes
Over the field doth fly.
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
My father's hall was a dark old spot,
With a dark old wood around,
And large quiet streams, like watery dreams,
On the verge of a haunted ground.
"The Better Hope" by Ernest Jones
And another from uttermost verges
Ran out with a terrible voice—
“Let him go—it is well that he goeth,
Though he break with the lot of his choice!”
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
'I'll look abroad!--'tis piercing cold!--
How the bleak wind assails his breast!
Yet some faint light mine eyes, behold:
The storm is verging o'er the West.
"Market-Night" by Robert Bloomfield
Low lies the mere beneath the moorside, still
And glad of silence: down the wood sweeps clear
To the utmost verge where fed with many a rill
Low lies the mere.
"A Landscape" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
As roam'd a pilgrim o'er the mountain drear,
On whose lone verge the foaming billows roar,
The wail of hopeless sorrow pierc'd his ear,
And swell'd at distance on the sounding shore.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

For the first time in decades, we're on the verge of producing too little food to feed the planet.
As the economic hovers on the verge of recovery, it's a message any community would be glad to hear: new jobs are coming to town.
New York City is on the verge of a management breakthrough as transformative as the early days of CompStat and CitiStat.
There was several anxious moments when the Dirigo team appeared to be on the verge of making things happen, but it never materialized in a girls' soccer Western Class C preliminary playoff game.
East Hamilton on verge of surge.
A decade ago, Ehud Barak was a popular Israeli prime minister and war hero on the historic verge of making peace with Syria and the Palestinians.
Formula One owners could be on the verge of ousting Bernie.
The NFL's 2012 regular season is on the verge of starting, and teams are making final preparations in training camp for their first preseason games.
One of the most popular players in modern Detroit Red Wings history is on the verge of becoming a Flint General.
Is Microsoft On The Verge Of A Sudden Collapse Predicted By Catastrophe Theory.
For the Supreme Court, it was the year of living on the verge.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) is on the verge of a $12 billion deal that could give the world's largest brewer control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Czech Republic on verge of Davis Cup title.
Pro Arts in Kihei on verge of delivering 'A-quality' theater.
Play Podcast Are Jon Daniels and company on the verge of making an offseason splash.

In science:

Within this scenario, the GRB originates in a binary system formed by a massive star on the verge of a SN and a NS close to its critical mass for the gravitational collapse to a BH.
GRB 110709B in the Induced Gravitational Collapse paradigm
We indicate that it is a binary system formed by a massive evolved star on the verge of a SN explosion and a NS.
GRB 110709B in the Induced Gravitational Collapse paradigm
Csernai, T. Øverg˚ard, and E. Østgaard, Nucl.
Effects of hyperons on the dynamical deconfinement transition in cold neutron star matter
T + 0(1), Var νk (T ) ∼ and the sequence of the the normalized random variable νk (T )−E νk (T ) √V ar νk (T ) verges in distribution to the gaussian random sequence from the Theorem 1.
Gaussian fluctuation for the number of particles in Airy, Bessel, sine and other determinantal random point fields
IV is borne out, one should be at the verge of observing a signal, not just a lower bound, for ∆ms .
New Information on B Decays to Charmless VP Final States