Periphery meaning

pə-rĭfə-rē
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The outside surface of an object.
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The area along a boundary; the margin.
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An area of secondary status or lesser importance.

Works that have been relegated to the periphery of literary studies.

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The area surrounding a nerve ending.
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The definition of a periphery is a boundary of an area, or the surrounding space of an area.

An example of a periphery is a patio that goes around a pool.

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A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter.
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A boundary line, esp. that of a rounded figure; perimeter.
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An outside surface, esp. that of a rounded object or body.
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Surrounding space or area; outer parts; environs or outskirts.
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A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter.
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The outside surface of an object.
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The area along a boundary; the margin.
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The outside boundary, parts or surface of something.

The suburbs are a city's periphery.

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A first-rank administrative division of Greece, subdivided in provinces.
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Origin of periphery

  • Middle English periferie from Medieval Latin periferia from Late Latin peripherīa from Greek periphereia from peripherēs carrying around peri- peri- pherein to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English periferie, from Old French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Ancient Greek περιφέρεια (periphereia, “the line around the circle, circumference, part of a circle, an arc, the outer surface"), from περιφερής (peripherÄ“s, “moving around, round, circular"), from περιφέρω (peripherō, “I carry around, move around"), from περί (peri) (English peri-) + φέρω (pherō, “I bear, carry").

    From Wiktionary