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verge 1 (vûrj)
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n.
1.
a. An edge or margin; a border. See Synonyms at border.
b. Architecture The edge of the tiling that projects over a roof gable.
c. Chiefly British A grassy border, as along a road.
2. The point beyond which an action, state, or condition is likely to begin or occur; the brink: on the verge of tears; a nation on the verge of economic prosperity.
3. A rod, wand, or staff carried as an emblem of authority or office.
4. The spindle of a balance wheel in a clock or watch, especially such a spindle in a clock with vertical escapement.
5. The male organ of copulation in certain mollusks.
intr.v. verged, verg·ing, verg·es
1. To approach the nature or condition of something specified; come close. Used with on: a brilliance verging on genius.
2. To be on the edge or border: Her land verges on the neighboring township.

[Middle English, from Old French, rod, ring, from Latin virga, rod, strip.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
verge 2 (vûrj)
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intr.v. verged, verg·ing, verg·es
1. To slope or incline.
2. To tend to move in a particular direction: "the Neoclassicism ... away from which they subsequently verged" (Hugh Honour).
3. To pass or merge gradually: dusk verging into night.

[Latin vergere; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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