• (horology) The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement.
  • (Britain, historical) The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, by holding it in the hand and swearing fealty to the lord. Such tenants were called tenants by the verge.
  • (figuratively) An extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen.

    "I was on the verge of tears."

  • An old measure of land: a virgate or yardland.
  • (architecture) The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.
  • A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
  • (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street; a tree lawn.
  • (zoology) The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc.
  • (architecture) The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
  • An edge or border.
  • (obsolete) The phallus.
  • A circumference; a circle; a ring.


  • (intransitive) To be or come very close; to border; to approach.

    "Eating blowfish verges on insanity."

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