verge
I. 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. (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 2. 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
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II. intransitive verb (verged; verging) Date: 1787 1. to be contiguous 2. to be on the verge or border <
the line where sentiment verges on mawkishness — Thomas Hardy
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III. intransitive verb (verged; verging) Etymology: Latin vergere to bend, incline — more at wrench Date: 1610 1. 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
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2. to be in transition or change

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  • verge — [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une autorité.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vergé — verge [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Verge — Verge, n. [F. verge, L. virga; perhaps akin to E. wisp.] 1. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean. [1913 Webster] 2. The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verge — Verge, Virga quaelibet, soit de bois, de fer, d or, ou autre metal. Et en fait de navires, verge ou vergue, est la perche qui est en travers du mast, à laquelle la voile dudit mast est attachée. Verges, ou vergues hautes; on dit d un navire qu il …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • vergé — (del fr. «vergé») adj. V. «papel vergé». * * * vergé. (Del fr. vergé, de verge). □ V. papel vergé …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • vergé — vergé, ée 1. (vèr jé, jée) adj. Étoffe vergée, étoffe qui a quelques fils d une soie un peu plus grosse ou d une teinture un peu plus forte que le reste. •   Ce qui fait que les aumales [étoffes de la ville d Aumale] grises de nature, étant… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Verge — may refer to:*Verge (gaming), which stands for Vecna s Extraordinary Roleplaying Game Engine * Road verge or simply Verge the edge of a road which is sometimes called in the USA a tree lawn, or Roadside . *Verge escapement, a clock escapement… …   Wikipedia

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  • vergé — (Del fr. vergé, de verge). ☛ V. papel vergé …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • verge — verge1 [vʉrj] n. [ME < OFr, rod, wand, stick, yard, hoop < L virga, twig, rod, wand < IE * wizga < base * wei , to bend, twist > WIRE, WHISK] 1. a) the edge, brink, or margin (of something): also used figuratively [the verge of the …   English World dictionary

  • verge — ► NOUN 1) an edge or border. 2) Brit. a grass edging by the side of a road or path. 3) an extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen: on the verge of tears. ► VERB (verge on) ▪ be very close or similar to. ORIGIN Old French, from… …   English terms dictionary

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