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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Even, that is, as the plastic vortex in the middle of the Pacific and, say, the ongoing struggle to care for an aging parent loomed at the periphery. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Wisdom of the Wild," 10 Oct. 2018 Several chauffeured black cars idle on the periphery. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Men occupy the periphery as love interests, brothers or dads. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "In Starz’s new ‘Vida,’ the politics of gender and gentrification on L.A.’s Eastside get personal," 4 May 2018 The makeover also will include new bleachers and a general redesign of the space so that concessions and bathrooms will be pushed more to the periphery, thus improving traffic flow. Charles Passy, WSJ, "SummerStage in Central Park to Get a $5 Million Tune-Up," 26 Sep. 2018 But as the buildup to what’s next has escalated around Husky quarterbacks, the what’s now has shifted to the periphery. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Jake Browning has heard his critics. Now, he’s hell-bent on turning doubt into fuel," 29 July 2018 Those on the periphery of this world might know her via Netflix, from 2016's documentary Franca: Chaos and Creation, which was directed by her son, Francesco Carrozzini. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Late Franca Sozzani Continues to Be Celebrated With a New Book and a Charitable Auction," 12 Feb. 2019 Most of the growth is centered in its major cities, like Paris, and those on the periphery and in rural communities haven’t seen as many gains. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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