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periphery

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noun pe·riph·ery \pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of periphery

  • : the outside edge of an area : the area that surrounds a place or thing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of periphery

plural

-eries

  1. 1 :  the perimeter of a circle or other closed curve; also :  the perimeter of a polygon

  2. 2 :  the external boundary or surface of a body

  3. 3 a :  the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center :  confines b :  an area lying beyond the strict limits of a thing

Examples of periphery in a sentence

  1. <the dogs are confined by an invisible electronic fence that runs along the periphery of the yard>



Origin and Etymology of periphery

Middle French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Greek periphereia, from peripherein to carry around, from peri- + pherein to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: 1571


Medical Dictionary

periphery

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noun pe·riph·ery \pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of periphery

plural

peripheries

  1. 1:  the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center

  2. 2:  the regions (as the sense organs, the muscles, or the viscera) in which nerves terminate





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