Border vs. Boundary - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Border

    Borders are geographic boundaries of political entities or legal jurisdictions, such as governments, sovereign states, federated states, and other subnational entities. Borders are established through agreements between political or social entities that control those areas; the creation of these agreements is called boundary delimitation. Some borders—such as a state's internal administrative border, or inter-state borders within the Schengen Area—are often open and completely unguarded. Other borders are partially or fully controlled, and may be crossed legally only at designated border checkpoints and border zones may be controlled. Borders may even foster the setting up of buffer zones. A difference has also been established in academic scholarship between border and frontier, the latter denoting a state of mind rather than state boundaries.

Wiktionary

  • Border (noun)

    The outer edge of something.

    "the borders of the garden"

  • Border (noun)

    A decorative strip around the edge of something.

    "There's a nice frilly border around the picture frame."

    "a solid border around a table of figures"

  • Border (noun)

    A strip of ground in which ornamental plants are grown.

  • Border (noun)

    The line or frontier area separating political or geographical regions.

    "The border between Canada and USA is the longest in the world."

  • Border (noun)

    Short form of border morris or border dancing; a vigorous style of traditional English dance originating from villages along the border between England and Wales, performed by a team of dancers usually with their faces disguised with black makeup.

  • Border (verb)

    To put a border on something.

  • Border (verb)

    To form a border around; to bound.

  • Border (verb)

    To lie on, or adjacent to, a border of.

    "Denmark borders Germany to the south."

  • Border (verb)

    To touch at a border (with on or upon).

    "Connecticut borders on Massachusetts."

  • Border (verb)

    To approach; to come near to; to verge (with on or upon).

  • Boundary (noun)

    The dividing line or location between two areas.

  • Boundary (noun)

    An edge or line marking an edge of the playing field.

  • Boundary (noun)

    An event whereby the ball is struck and either touches or passes over a boundary (with or without bouncing), usually resulting in an award of 4 (four) or 6 (six) runs respectively for the batting team.

  • Boundary (noun)

    The set of points in the closure of a set S, not belonging to the interior of that set.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Boundary (noun)

    a line which marks the limits of an area; a dividing line

    "a county boundary"

    "a boundary wall"

    "the river marks the boundary between the two regions"

  • Boundary (noun)

    a limit of something abstract, especially a subject or sphere of activity

    "a community without class or political boundaries"

  • Boundary (noun)

    a hit crossing the limits of the field, scoring four or six runs.

Webster Dictionary

  • Border (noun)

    The outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden, etc.; margin; verge; brink.

  • Border (noun)

    A boundary; a frontier of a state or of the settled part of a country; a frontier district.

  • Border (noun)

    A strip or stripe arranged along or near the edge of something, as an ornament or finish.

  • Border (noun)

    A narrow flower bed.

  • Border (verb)

    To touch at the edge or boundary; to be contiguous or adjacent; - with on or upon as, Connecticut borders on Massachusetts.

  • Border (verb)

    To approach; to come near to; to verge.

  • Border

    To make a border for; to furnish with a border, as for ornament; as, to border a garment or a garden.

  • Border

    To be, or to have, contiguous to; to touch, or be touched, as by a border; to be, or to have, near the limits or boundary; as, the region borders a forest, or is bordered on the north by a forest.

  • Border

    To confine within bounds; to limit.

  • Boundary (noun)

    That which indicates or fixes a limit or extent, or marks a bound, as of a territory; a bounding or separating line; a real or imaginary limit.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Border (noun)

    a line that indicates a boundary

  • Border (noun)

    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

  • Border (noun)

    the boundary of a surface

  • Border (noun)

    a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge

  • Border (noun)

    a strip forming the outer edge of something;

    "the rug had a wide blue border"

  • Border (verb)

    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle;

    "The forest surrounds my property"

  • Border (verb)

    form the boundary of; be contiguous to

  • Border (verb)

    enclose in or as if in a frame;

    "frame a picture"

  • Border (verb)

    provide with a border or edge;

    "edge the tablecloth with embroidery"

  • Border (verb)

    lie adjacent to another or share a boundary;

    "Canada adjoins the U.S."

    "England marches with Scotland"

  • Boundary (noun)

    the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

  • Boundary (noun)

    a line determining the limits of an area

  • Boundary (noun)

    the greatest possible degree of something;

    "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"

    "to the limit of his ability"

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