Borg n.

in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a group of cybernetically enhanced aliens linked in a hive mind

In extended use: a person or entity lacking individuality, a clone; (also) an entity that relentlessly seeks to control others.

Star Trek

  • 1989 Q Who? (Star Trek: The Next Generation episode) (transcription)

    Picard Because her people had contact with the Borg, I have requested Guinan to participate in this conference. Ibid. Q The Borg is the ultimate user. They’re unlike any threat your Federation has ever faced. They're not interested in political conquest, wealth or power as you know it. They’re simply interested in your ship, its technology. They’ve identified it as something they can consume.

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return v. 25 William Shatner bibliography

    She was the result of Starfleet’s fevered preparations to fight a war against the Borg.

  • 2002 Wired Oct. 104/2

    The planet’s most farmed fish and a staple of Asian diet, carp are the Borg of the fish world, infiltrating lakes and rivers from China to California.

  • 2013 SFX Nov. 106/5

    An appearance by the Borg is pleasing, even if it makes zero sense continuity-wise.

  • 2016 J. Caramanica in N.Y. Times 27 Mar. (Arts section) 18/1

    From 2010 to 2015, he was part of the borg that was One Direction, perhaps the first postmodern boy band.


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antedating 1989

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