fringe
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English frenge, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, from Latin fimbriae (plural) Date: 14th century 1. an ornamental border consisting of short straight or twisted threads or strips hanging from cut or raveled edges or from a separate band 2. a. something resembling a fringe ; edge, periphery — often used in plural <
operated on the fringes of the law
>
b. chiefly British bang IV c. one of various light or dark bands produced by the interference or diffraction of light d. an area bordering a putting green on a golf course with grass trimmed longer than on the green itself 3. a. something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject <
a fringe sport
>
b. a group with marginal or extremist views c. fringe benefitfringy adjective II. transitive verb (fringed; fringing) Date: 15th century 1. to furnish or adorn with a fringe 2. to serve as a fringe for ; border

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