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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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The margin of safety is the difference between budgeted sales and the breakeven point.
When one takes into account the wide range in left main bronchial lengths (27-68 mm) then the margin of safety ranges from -13 to +49 mm for our samples of French 32 to French 41 tubes and highlights the need for a careful individual selection of a left tracheobronchial tube for the patient.
In this sad tale, the decision to attempt the climb itself was disastrous, but the four factors just discussed eroded any margin of safety the member needed to survive.
The margin of safety concept goes hand-in-hand with the strong emphasis value investing places on capital preservation.
This project increases the margin of safety at the LaGuardia runway considerably.
On-site transformer monitoring helps electric utilities manage their expensive transformer assets more reliably and operate them with a greater margin of safety, enabling them to minimize or delay the costs of repairing or replacing these valuable assets.
If the risk to children is only twice that of the risk to adults, then we have a large margin of safety,'' said Jerry Taylor, director of natural resource studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.
We set exposure limits that provide a wide margin of safety so that as new data is introduced, we have time to analyze it and, if necessary, to take action.
Significant credit risk is still present, but a limited margin of safety remains until the state and county subsidies are scheduled to end, unless reauthorized, in March 2007.
After review of the (Water Management Plan) in conjunction with (advice letters), the commission concludes that the water supplies that the WMP demonstrated to be available provide an ample margin of safety to allow Valencia to serve new customers to the extent contemplated by (the advice letters),'' the ruling said.