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the empty space at the side of a page
Someone had scribbled a note
in the margin
Use double spacing and wide margins to leave room for comments.
the difference in the number of votes, points etc that exists between the winners and the losers of a competition or election
by a wide/narrow/significant etc margin
They're a world-class team and it was no surprise that they won by such a wide margin.
by a margin of 10 points/100 votes etc
The bill was approved by a margin of 55 votes.
the difference between what it costs a business to buy or produce something and what they sell it for
Margins are low and many companies are struggling.
Within 10 years they had a gross
an additional amount of something such as time, money, or space that you include in order to make sure that you are successful in achieving something
It'll take about 30 minutes to dry but I'd allow a
of, say, another 10 minutes.
margin of error
the degree to which a calculation might or can be wrong
The survey has a margin of error of 2.1%.
margin for error
how many mistakes you can make and still be able to achieve something
At this late stage in the competition there is no margin for error.
the edge of something, especially an area of land or water
the western margin of southern Africa
on the margin(s)
a person on the margins of a situation or group has very little power, importance or influence
on the fringes
unemployed youths living
on the margins of society
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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