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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  2.  The  stick  or  wand  with  which  persons  were  formerly 
  admitted  tenants,  they  holding  it  in  the  hand,  and 
  swearing  fealty  to  the  lord.  Such  tenants  were  called 
  tenants  by  the  verge.  [Eng.] 
  3.  (Eng.  Law)  The  compass  of  the  court  of  Marshalsea  and  the 
  Palace  court,  within  which  the  lord  steward  and  the 
  marshal  of  the  king's  household  had  special  jurisdiction; 
  --  so  called  from  the  verge,  or  staff,  which  the  marshal 
  4.  A  virgate;  a  yardland.  [Obs.] 
  5.  A  border,  limit,  or  boundary  of  a  space;  an  edge,  margin, 
  or  brink  of  something  definite  in  extent. 
  Even  though  we  go  to  the  extreme  verge  of 
  possibility  to  invent  a  supposition  favorable  to  it 
  the  theory  .  .  .  implies  an  absurdity.  --J.  S.  Mill. 
  But  on  the  horizon's  verge  descried,  Hangs,  touched 
  with  light,  one  snowy  sail.  --M.  Arnold. 
  6.  A  circumference;  a  circle;  a  ring. 
  The  inclusive  verge  Of  golden  metal  that  must  round 
  my  brow.  --Shak. 
  7.  (Arch.) 
  a  The  shaft  of  a  column,  or  a  small  ornamental  shaft. 
  --Oxf.  Gloss. 
  b  The  edge  of  the  tiling  projecting  over  the  gable  of  a 
  roof.  --Encyc.  Brit. 
  8.  (Horol.)  The  spindle  of  a  watch  balance,  especially  one 
  with  pallets,  as  in  the  old  vertical  escapement.  See  under 
  9.  (Hort.) 
  a  The  edge  or  outside  of  a  bed  or  border. 
  b  A  slip  of  grass  adjoining  gravel  walks,  and  dividing 
  them  from  the  borders  in  a  parterre. 
  10.  The  penis. 
  11.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  external  male  organ  of  certain  mollusks, 
  worms,  etc  See  Illustration  in  Appendix. 
  Syn:  Border;  edge;  rim;  brim;  margin;  brink. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Verge  \Verge\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Verged};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Verging}.]  [L.  vergere  to  bend,  turn,  incline;  cf  Skr.  v?j 
  to  turn.] 
  1.  To  border  upon  to  tend;  to  incline;  to  come  near  to 
  2.  To  tend  downward;  to  bend;  to  slope;  as  a  hill  verges  to 
  the  north. 
  Our  soul,  from  original  instinct,  vergeth  towards 
  him  as  its  center.  --Barrow. 
  I  find  myself  verging  to  that  period  of  life  which 
  is  to  be  labor  and  sorrow.  --Swift. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  region  marking  a  boundary  [syn:  {brink},  {threshold}] 
  2:  the  limit  beyond  which  something  happens  or  changes;  "on  the 
  verge  of  tears";  "on  the  brink  of  bankruptcy"  [syn:  {brink}] 
  3:  a  ceremonial  or  emblematic  staff  [syn:  {scepter},  {sceptre}, 
  4:  (British)  a  grass  border  along  a  road 
  v  :  verge  on  come  close  to 

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