Periphery Definition

pə-rĭfə-rē
peripheries
noun
peripheries
A boundary line, esp. that of a rounded figure; perimeter.
Webster's New World
An outside surface, esp. that of a rounded object or body.
Webster's New World
Surrounding space or area; outer parts; environs or outskirts.
Webster's New World
The area surrounding a nerve ending.
Webster's New World
An area of secondary status or lesser importance.
Works that have been relegated to the periphery of literary studies.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Periphery

Noun

Singular:
periphery
Plural:
peripheries

Origin of Periphery

  • 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

  • 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

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