from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of, relating to, located at, or constituting a margin, a border, or an edge.
- adjective Being adjacent geographically.
- adjective Written or printed in the margin of a book.
- adjective Barely within a lower standard or limit of quality.
- adjective Having to do with enterprises that produce goods or are capable of producing goods at a rate that barely covers production costs.
- adjective Relating to commodities thus manufactured and sold.
- adjective Psychology Relating to or located at the fringe of consciousness.
- noun One that is considered to be at a lower or outer limit, as of social acceptability.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to a margin; situated on or near the margin; specifically, written or printed in the margin of a page: as, a marginal note or gloss.
- noun One of the bones which form the border of the carapace in turtles, except in the Trionychoidea, in which they are lacking: same as
marginal plate. See cut under carapace, 1.
- noun In the ammonoid cephalopods, or ammonites, one of the small inflections which sometimes develop on the sides of the antisiphonal lobe of the sutures.
- noun In conchology, one of the outermost teeth on the radula of gastropods; one of the uncini.
- noun In asteroid echinoderms, one of the series of thick plates round the margin of the arms and disk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to a margin.
- adjective Written or printed in the margin.
- adjective At the lower limit; barely sufficient.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective not comparable Of, relating to, or located at or near a
marginor edge; also figurative usages of location and margin (edge).
- adjective comparable Determined by a small margin; having a salient characteristic determined by a small margin.
- noun Something that is
- noun A
constituencywon with a small margin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective of questionable or minimal quality
- adjective at or constituting a border or edge
- adjective just barely adequate or within a lower limit
- adjective producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
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