An example of a periphery is a patio that goes around a pool.
- a boundary line, esp. that of a rounded figure; perimeter
- an outside surface, esp. that of a rounded object or body
- surrounding space or area; outer parts; environs or outskirts
- Anat. the area surrounding a nerve ending
Origin of peripheryMiddle French peripherie ; from Late Latin peripheria ; from Classical Greek periphereia ; from peripher?s, moving around ; from peri-, around + pherein, to bear
- A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter.
- The outside surface of an object.
- The area along a boundary; the margin. See Synonyms at circumference.
- An area of secondary status or lesser importance: works that have been relegated to the periphery of literary studies.
Origin of peripheryMiddle English periferie, from Medieval Latin periferia, from Late Latin peripher&imacron;a, from Greek periphereia, from peripher&emacron;s, carrying around : peri-, peri- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English periferie, from Old French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÎµÏÎ¹Ï†ÎÏÎµÎ¹Î± (periphereia, “the line around the circle, circumference, part of a circle, an arc, the outer surface"), from Ï€ÎµÏÎ¹Ï†ÎµÏÎ®Ï‚ (peripherÄ“s, “moving around, round, circular"), from Ï€ÎµÏÎ¹Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (peripherÅ, “I carry around, move around"), from Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯ (peri) (English peri-) + Ï†ÎÏÏ‰ (pherÅ, “I bear, carry").