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fringe

[frinj] /frɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
2.
anything resembling or suggesting this:
a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
3.
an outer edge; margin; periphery:
on the fringe of the art world.
4.
something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else:
the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
5.
Optics. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
verb (used with object), fringed, fringing.
7.
to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
8.
to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe:
armed guards fringing the building.
Origin of fringe
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English frenge < Old French (French frange) < Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathetic variant of Late Latin fimbria, Latin fimbriae fringe
Related forms
fringeless, adjective
fringelike, adjective
fringy, adjective
underfringe, noun
unfringe, verb (used with object), unfringed, unfringing.
Synonyms
2. edge, border, skirt, rim.
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  • She twisted the fringe of the counterpane in her slender, white fingers, and she did not look at him.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Dissembling her displeasure, she praised the hammer-cloth, and especially the fringe.

  • Curtains and portires were of velour, heavily edged with fringe.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • She was fond of Marcia; but her daughter occupied, in truth, only the fringe of her thoughts.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • In the flare of it Andy watched his kind old face with its fringe of grayish hair and its deep-graven lines of whimsical humor.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
British Dictionary definitions for fringe

fringe

/frɪndʒ/
noun
1.
an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
2.
  1. an outer edge; periphery
  2. (as modifier): fringe dwellers, a fringe area
3.
(modifier) unofficial; not conventional in form: fringe theatre
4.
(mainly Brit) a section of the front hair cut short over the forehead
5.
an ornamental border or margin
6.
(physics) any of the light and dark or coloured bands produced by diffraction or interference of light
verb (transitive)
7.
to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
8.
to be a fringe for: fur fringes the satin
Derived Forms
fringeless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French frenge, ultimately from Latin fimbria fringe, border; see fimbria
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Word Origin and History for fringe
n.

early 14c., from Old French frenge "thread, strand, fringe, hem" (early 14c.), from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (plural) "fibers, threads, fringe," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "outer edge, margin," is first recorded 1894. Related: Fringes. Fringe benefits is recorded from 1952.

v.

late 15c., from fringe (n.). Related: Fringed; fringing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fringe

fringe

noun

A benefit, like insurance coverage, added to one's pay; fringe benefit (1960+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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fringe in Technology


C. Katz, GE, 1961. Subcomponent of GE-255 GECOM system. Sorting and merging of data, reports and file maintenance.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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