periphery

noun

pe·​riph·​ery pə-ˈri-f(ə-)rē How to pronounce periphery (audio)
plural peripheries
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

the dogs are confined by an invisible electronic fence that runs along the periphery of the yard
Recent Examples on the Web The central resolution score is more indicative of real-world results, especially for wide-aperture images in which a shallow depth of field blurs away the periphery. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 All the while, a trio of clipboard-wielding students circulate among their classmates — huddled in groups of three on the periphery of the room — asking questions, gesturing at the screens and explaining algebraic concepts. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for periphery 

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Word History

Etymology

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

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of periphery was circa 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Periphery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periphery. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

periphery

noun
pe·​riph·​ery pə-ˈrif-(ə-)rē How to pronounce periphery (audio)
plural peripheries
1
: the boundary or surface of a body or figure
2
: the outer or outermost part

Medical Definition

periphery

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