Definitions for: Margin

[n] a strip near the boundary of an object; "he jotted a note on the margin of the page"
[n] a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
[n] the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
[n] (corporate finance) net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
[n] the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities
[n] the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

2. Specifically: The part of a page at the edge left
uncovered in writing or printing.

3. (Com.) The difference between the cost and the selling
price of an article.

4. Something allowed, or reserved, for that which can not be
foreseen or known with certainty.

5. (Brokerage) Collateral security deposited with a broker to
secure him from loss on contracts entered into by him on
behalf of his principial, as in the speculative buying and
selling of stocks, wheat, etc. --N. Biddle.

Margin draft (Masonry), a smooth cut margin on the face of
hammer-dressed ashlar, adjacent to the joints.

Margin of a course (Arch.), that part of a course, as of
slates or shingles, which is not covered by the course
immediately above it. See 2d Gauge.

Syn: Border; brink; verge; brim; rim.

Mar"gin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Margined; p. pr. & vb.
n. Marginging.]
1. To furnish with a margin.

2. To enter in the margin of a page.

Synonyms: allowance, border, edge, gross profit, gross profit margin, leeway, perimeter, security deposit, tolerance

See Also: blank space, border, bound, boundary, deposit, disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, down payment, earnings, edge, lucre, molding, moulding, net, net income, net profit, page, place, profit, profits, roadside, selvage, selvedge, shoulder, slip, space, strip, variance, wayside

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