margin


margin
mar|gin [ `mardʒın ] noun count **
▸ 1 space at side of page
▸ 2 amount something is won by
▸ 3 extra amount for safety
▸ 4 profit margin
▸ 5 edge of place
▸ 6 payment in case of loss
▸ 7 extra pay for worker
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) the space at the left or right side of a page where words are not usually printed or written:
in the margin: Someone's made notes in the margin.
a ) a line drawn down the side of an empty page in order to mark the area of a margin
2. ) the amount by which a competition or election is won:
a wide/narrow/large/small margin: The town's citizens voted by a narrow margin to reelect the mayor.
3. ) an additional amount of time, space, money, etc. that you include in order to be certain you will be safe or successful:
Wide safety margins had been set.
There's no margin for error we have to win.
4. ) BUSINESS a PROFIT MARGIN
5. ) the edge of a place or thing:
The Andes run along the western margin of South America.
6. ) BUSINESS an amount of money you give a STOCKBROKER to pay for possible losses on money they invest for you
7. ) AUSTRALIAN an extra amount paid to a worker who has a special skill or accepts additional responsibility
margin of error
the amount by which a number or calculation may be different from the correct one without causing a problem
the margins of something
the part of society or an organization that is not considered typical or that does not share its beliefs or values:
His ideas were relegated to the margins of conservative politics.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Margin — may refer to: Margin (economics) Margin (finance), a type of financial collateral used to cover credit risk Margin (typography), the white space that surrounds the content of a page Margin (machine learning), the distance between a decision… …   Wikipedia

  • margin — [mär′jən] n. [ME margine < L margo (gen. marginis): see MARK1] 1. a border, edge, or brink [the margin of the pond] 2. the blank space around the printed or written area on a page or sheet 3. a limit to what is desirable or possible 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Margin — Mar gin, n. [OE. margine, margent, L. margo, ginis. Cf. {March} a border, {Marge}.] 1. A border; edge; brink; verge; as, the margin of a river or lake. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: The part of a page at the edge left uncovered in writing or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Margin — Mar gin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Margined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Marginging}.] 1. To furnish with a margin. [1913 Webster] 2. To enter in the margin of a page. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • margin — 1 *border, verge, edge, rim, brim, brink Analogous words: bound, end, term, confine, *limit: penumbra (see SHADE) 2 *room, berth, play, elbowroom, leeway, clearance …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • margin — [n] border; room around something allowance, bound, boundary, brim, brink, compass, confine, edge, elbowroom*, extra, field, frame, hem, latitude, leeway, limit, lip, perimeter, periphery, play, rim, scope, selvage, shore, side, skirt, space,… …   New thesaurus

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  • Margin — This allows investors to buy securities by borrowing money from a broker. The margin is the difference between the market value of a stock and the loan a broker makes. Related: security deposit ( initial). The New York Times Financial Glossary *… …   Financial and business terms

  • margin — noun 1 empty space at the side of a page in a book, etc. ADJECTIVE ▪ generous, wide ▪ Leave a generous margin on the left. ▪ narrow ▪ left, right …   Collocations dictionary


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