pe·​riph·​ery | \ pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē \
plural peripheries

Definition of periphery

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
3a : 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

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Examples of periphery in a Sentence

the dogs are confined by an invisible electronic fence that runs along the periphery of the yard

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So Beyerdynamic has done what’s obvious in hindsight by illuminating the inner periphery of the cups with informative colors. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beyerdynamic’s new wireless headphones put the LED lights where they belong: on the inside," 31 Aug. 2018 Unlike virtual reality glasses such as Oculus Rift, which block out the real world, augmented reality glasses such as the R-7s allow wearers to see the real world while other images can be overlaid in the periphery. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Porsche now using augmented reality glasses to repair cars," 29 May 2018 Instead, Larry bides his time, finding amusements and distractions here and there, but otherwise skirting the periphery of life. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A change of perspective can help a despairing soul," 12 Apr. 2018 Not even Donald Trump represents a full victory of the periphery, having run two percentage points behind Hillary Clinton in the nationwide popular vote. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Macron’s Warning to America’s Ascendant Left," 6 Dec. 2018 With 2019 inching its way into the periphery, the early itch for a New Year, New Me makeover is a tangible one. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "9 Short Cuts That Make the Case for a Dramatic Holiday Hair Makeover," 30 Nov. 2018 The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, and ecumenical events with Lutheran and Russian Orthodox faithful will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. Fox News, "Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics," 21 Sep. 2018 Richard was always on the periphery, watching and shooting. Rebecca Makkai,, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018 If the Millirons have their way, of course, their next move will be to an even wilder periphery, a vertical emigration to the moon—or beyond. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of periphery

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for periphery

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

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The first known use of periphery was circa 1568

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English Language Learners Definition of periphery

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


pe·​riph·​ery | \ pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē \
plural -eries

Medical Definition of periphery

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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