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Dictionary Definition



1 the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary [syn: border, perimeter]
2 a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits [syn: allowance, leeway, tolerance]
3 the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities [syn: security deposit]
4 (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold [syn: gross profit, gross profit margin]
5 the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
6 a strip near the boundary of an object; "he jotted a note on the margin of the page" [syn: edge]

User Contributed Dictionary




From marginis (genitive of margo).


  1. In the context of "Printing": : the edge of the paper that remains blank
  2. In the context of "Finance": : the yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost
  3. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits, as a margin of error


edge of the paper that remains blank
selling price minus the cost
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Extensive Definition

Margin may refer to:
margin in Esperanto: Margxeno
margin in French: Marge
margin in Dutch: Marge
margin in Polish: Margines

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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