• (British) IPA: /ˈmɑːdʒɪn/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɑːɹdʒ(ə)n/

margin (plural margins)

  1. (typography) The edge of the paper, typically left blank when printing but sometimes used for annotations etc.
  2. The edge or border of any flat surface.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 7:
      The lobule margins, furthermore, are arched away from the lobe, with the consequence that (when fully inflated) the abaxial leaf surface forms the interior lining of the lobule.
  3. (figuratively) The edge defining inclusion in or exclusion from a set or group.
    • 1999, Pierre François, ''Inlets of the Soul: Contemporary Fiction in English and the Myth of the Fall, [ page 186],
      As far as space is concerned, Mary Lamb finds herself at the farthest margin of society - among tramps - when the novel begins.
  4. A difference or ratio between results, characteristics, scores.
    margin of victory
  5. A permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
    margin of error
  6. (finance) The yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost of production.
  7. (finance) Collateral security deposited with a broker, to compensate the broker in the event of loss in the speculative buying and selling of stocks, commodities, etc.
Translations Translations
  • French: marge
  • Russian: край
  • Russian: до́пуск
  • Spanish: margen
  • French: marge
  • German: Gewinnspanne, Gewinnmarge, Marge
  • Russian: при́быль
  • Spanish: margen

margin (margins, present participle margining; past and past participle margined)

  1. (transitive) To add a margin to.
  2. (transitive) To enter (notes etc.) into the margin.

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