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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
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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Examples for fringes
  • Once valued for its bold effect in garden fringes and near water and for use as a fast-growing windbreak.
  • The cormorant nests are clustered on the ground on the outer fringes of the island.
  • Academic buildings are positioned on the outer fringes along the water, and students sit on benches, studying.
  • It usually occurs outside of the two-party mainstream, on the political and cultural fringes.
  • Fall the ghostly froth and fringes of the ocean of the light.
  • And yet these belong but to the fringes of the historical fiction of their day.
  • Until recently, such proposals have remained on the fringes of acceptable scientific speculation.
  • War play isn't some creepy idea coming from the fringes of our culture.
  • Farther up the hill, one could see yellow lace threading the fringes of the woods, marking a wilderness thick with mines.
  • It's the solitaries who interest her, the lurkers at the fringes.
British Dictionary definitions for fringes

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 fringes

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fringes

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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