verge

{{11}}verge (n.) "edge, rim," mid-15c., from M.Fr. verge "rod or wand of office," hence "scope, territory dominated," from L. virga "shoot, rod stick," of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of within the verge (c.1500, also as Anglo-Fr. dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the king's court. Sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area." Meaning "point at which something happens" (as in on the verge of) is first attested c.1600. "A very curious sense development." [Weekley]
{{12}}verge (v.) "tend, incline," c.1600, from L. vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline," from PIE *werg- "to turn," from root *wer- "to turn, bend" (see VERSUS (Cf. versus)). Much influenced by VERGE (Cf. verge) (n.) in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to" (1787). Related: Verged; verging.

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  • verge — [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une autorité.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vergé — verge [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verge — Verge, Virga quaelibet, soit de bois, de fer, d or, ou autre metal. Et en fait de navires, verge ou vergue, est la perche qui est en travers du mast, à laquelle la voile dudit mast est attachée. Verges, ou vergues hautes; on dit d un navire qu il …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • vergé — (del fr. «vergé») adj. V. «papel vergé». * * * vergé. (Del fr. vergé, de verge). □ V. papel vergé …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • vergé — vergé, ée 1. (vèr jé, jée) adj. Étoffe vergée, étoffe qui a quelques fils d une soie un peu plus grosse ou d une teinture un peu plus forte que le reste. •   Ce qui fait que les aumales [étoffes de la ville d Aumale] grises de nature, étant… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Verge — may refer to:*Verge (gaming), which stands for Vecna s Extraordinary Roleplaying Game Engine * Road verge or simply Verge the edge of a road which is sometimes called in the USA a tree lawn, or Roadside . *Verge escapement, a clock escapement… …   Wikipedia

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  • vergé — (Del fr. vergé, de verge). ☛ V. papel vergé …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • verge — verge1 [vʉrj] n. [ME < OFr, rod, wand, stick, yard, hoop < L virga, twig, rod, wand < IE * wizga < base * wei , to bend, twist > WIRE, WHISK] 1. a) the edge, brink, or margin (of something): also used figuratively [the verge of the …   English World dictionary

  • verge — ► NOUN 1) an edge or border. 2) Brit. a grass edging by the side of a road or path. 3) an extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen: on the verge of tears. ► VERB (verge on) ▪ be very close or similar to. ORIGIN Old French, from… …   English terms dictionary

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