periphery

noun
pe·​riph·​ery | \ pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē How to pronounce periphery (audio) \
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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The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by Russia, pushed ahead with a months-old offensive seeking to chip away at territory on the periphery of the rebel enclave. Washington Post, "Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7," 17 Aug. 2019 For those on the periphery, Ilopango’s nightmare was just beginning. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Colossal volcano behind 'mystery' global cooling finally found," 23 Aug. 2019 But on the periphery are strangers with their own private dramas, of serendipitous rendezvous, of unexpected intimacy, of defeat or resignation. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 Taken into consideration are the properties beyond the two growth areas, to make sure the agricultural and lower-density residential communities on the periphery have a relationship to the development happening. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen delays 75-acre annexation requests, waiting on study of future growth areas," 23 July 2019 Nagging at the periphery of playoff relevancy courtesy of a division that has one good team (Cubs) that isn’t playing up to its talent, but could start doing so any day now. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: By midnight July 24, the Reds will have charted their course.," 17 July 2019 The artists here are grappling with what comes in between and after and on the periphery. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial offers veterans a welcoming home," 5 June 2019 Yet most of the world is not a center, but a margin—by definition the periphery is larger and more extensive than the core. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 Many people in Germany’s rural, eastern periphery feel left behind. Washington Post, "Far-right party eyes big gains in German state elections," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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periphery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of periphery

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

periphery

noun
pe·​riph·​ery | \ pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē How to pronounce periphery (audio) \
plural peripheries

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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