periphery

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noun pe·riph·ery \pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē\

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. 3a :  the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its internal regions or center :  confinesb :  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

Medieval 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: circa 1568


PERIPHERY Defined for English Language Learners

periphery

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noun pe·riph·ery \pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē\

Definition of periphery for English Language Learners

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


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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