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Definition of "borderland" [borderland]

  • Land located on or near a frontier. (noun)
  • The fringe: a shadowy figure who lived on the borderland of the drug scene. (noun)
  • An indeterminate area, situation, or condition: the borderland between sanity and insanity. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "borderland" in a sentence
  • "There is also a link to the university's Institute for Oral History (utminers. utep.edu/panihm/oralhist. htm), which sounds fascinating for anyone interested in borderland history."
  • "Like many historians, the author prefers the word borderland to frontier because it connotes a place of instability, a place of conflict among several sources of power."
  • "Even in the previous century the parapsychological faculties of the human brain had belonged to the questionable field of the so-called borderland sciences."