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The edge or border; the edge of a body of water where it meets the land. As applied to a boundary line of land, the margin of a river, creek, or other watercourse means the center of the stream. But in the case of a lake, bay, or natural pond, the margin means the line where land and water meet.In finance, the difference between market value of loan collateral and face value of loan.

A sum of money, or its equivalent, placed in the hands of a Broker by the principal or person on whose account a purchase or sale of Securities is to be made, as a security to the former against losses to which he or she may be exposed by subsequent fluctuations in the market value of the stock. The amount paid by the customer when he uses a broker's credit to buy a security.

In commercial transactions the difference between the purchase price paid by an intermediary or retailer and the selling price, or difference between price received by manufacturer for its goods and costs to produce. Also called gross profit margin.


(Outside limit), noun bank, border, boundary, bounds, brim, brink, circumference, curb, edge, frame, fringe, hem, ledge, limit, lip, outskirt, perimeter, periphery, portal, rim, shore, skirt, threshold, verge


(Spare amount), noun amount reserved, elbowroom, extra amount for contingencies, extra amount for emergencies, headway, latitude, leeway, reserve, reserved amount, room, room to spare, space
Associated concepts: margin of profit
See also: balance, border, boundary, edge, extremity, latitude, mete, outline, penumbra, periphery, plethora, scope, space, surplus
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And hence is it, that not onely divers moderne English and Latine Writers, but likewise sundry Fathers here quoted in the Margent, stile Stage-players hypocrites; Hypocrites, Stage-players, as being one & the same in substance.
some of the percelles in the memoriall shall neuer be borne into the Journall, that is to saye, money and wares borowed or lent for a daye ij or iij, and beinge receaued or deliuered agayne, is there uppon to be discharged presently without anye farther trauaile, sauinge to crosse the percell and mencion the tyme of receipt at deliuery thereof in the margent.
In 1614 Munday writes that "Heere before I passe any further, it may appeare as a blemish on mine own browe, because in my Booke in the worthie Company of Goldsmiths, I did set downe Henrie Fitz-Alwine, Fitz-Leofstane to be a Goldsmith, and the first Lord Major of London, alleadging my authoritie for the same in the margent of the same booke, out of John Stowe, which now I may seem to denie" (73).