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perimeter

noun pe·rim·e·ter \pə-ˈri-mə-tər\

: the outside edge of an area or surface

: the total length of the lines that form a shape

the perimeter basketball : the area on a basketball court that is not close to the basket

Full Definition of PERIMETER

1
a :  the boundary of a closed plane figure
b :  the length of a perimeter
2
:  a line or strip bounding or protecting an area
3
:  outer limits —often used in plural
4
:  the part of a basketball court outside the three-point line

Examples of PERIMETER

  1. He scored from the perimeter.
  2. <soldiers guarding the perimeter of the camp>

Origin of PERIMETER

Middle English perimetre, from Latin perimetros, from Greek, from peri- + metron measure — more at measure
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with PERIMETER

perimeter

noun pe·rim·e·ter \pə-ˈrim-ət-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERIMETER

1
a :  the boundary of a closed plane figure b :  the length of a perimeter
2
:  an instrument for examining the discriminative powers of different parts of the retina often consisting of an adjustable semicircular arm with a fixation point for the eye and variable stations for the visual stimuli

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