periphery

noun pe·riph·ery \ pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē \

Definition of periphery

plural -eries
1 :the perimeter of a circle or other closed curve; also :the perimeter of a polygon
2 :the external boundary or surface of a body
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

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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


PERIPHERY Defined for English Language Learners

periphery

noun

Definition of periphery for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

periphery

noun pe·riph·ery \ pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of periphery

plural -eries
1 :the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center
2 :the regions (as the sense organs, the muscles, or the viscera) in which nerves terminate


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