noun (plural -eries) Etymology: Middle French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Greek periphereia, from peripherein to carry around, from peri- + pherein to carry — more at bear Date: 1571 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

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  • Periphery — Allgemeine Inf …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Periphery — Pe*riph er*y, n.; pl. {Peripheries}. [L. peripheria, Gr. ?; ? around + fe rein to bear, carry: cf. F. p[ e]riph[ e]rie.] 1. The outside or superficial portions of a body; the surface. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) The circumference of a circle,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • periphery — I noun ambit, border, borderland, bound, boundary line, circuit, circumambiency, circumference, circumscription, compass, confine, contour, delimitation, demarcation, edge, end, exterior, extreme edge, fringe, frontier, limit, limitation, line of …   Law dictionary

  • periphery — late 14c., from O.Fr. periferie, from L.L. peripheria, from Gk. peripheria circumference, outer surface, lit. a carrying around, from peripheres rounded, moving round, revolving, peripherein carry or move round, from peri round about (see PERI… …   Etymology dictionary

  • periphery — *circumference, perimeter, circuit, compass Analogous words: *limit, confine, bound, end …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • periphery — [n] outskirts, outer edge ambit, border, boundary, brim, brink, circuit, circumference, compass, covering, edge, fringe, hem, margin, outside, perimeter, rim, skirt, verge; concepts 484,745 Ant. center …   New thesaurus

  • periphery — ► NOUN (pl. peripheries) 1) the outer limits or edge of an area or object. 2) a marginal or secondary position, part, or aspect. ORIGIN Greek periphereia circumference …   English terms dictionary

  • periphery — [pə rif′ə rē] n. pl. peripheries [MFr peripherie < LL peripheria < Gr periphereia < peripherēs, moving around < peri , around + pherein, to BEAR1] 1. a boundary line, esp. that of a rounded figure; perimeter 2. an outside surface, esp …   English World dictionary

  • periphery — pe|riph|e|ry [pəˈrıfəri] n plural peripheries formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: periferie, from Late Latin, from Greek, from peripherein to carry around ] 1.) [C usually singular] the edge of an area periphery of ▪ the pe …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • periphery — UK [pəˈrɪf(ə)rɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms periphery : singular periphery plural peripheries the outer part of an area, very far from the centre on the periphery of something: Each republic occupied a territory on the periphery of the… …   English dictionary

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