Coral reefs may be arranged under three classes; namely, fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls.
He leaped from the rock and plunged through the fringing skeletons.
Then the scout turned and trotted away, toward a fringing rock wall.
Indeed, half the beauty of the rug may lie in the fringing and finish.
fringing the townlet, new gristmill and new factory stood where the mother ditch was bridged.
Yes, a dandelion, “fringing the dusty road with harmless gold.”
The vines (and he pointed at them, fringing the roadside indefinitely) were great places for rattlesnakes.
Only the fringing coasts along the Atlantic and the Mediterranean are fertile.
The island of Mauritius, for example, is entirely surrounded by a fringing reef.
There was a fringing of willow-bushes along the edge of the river.
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.
late 15c., from fringe (n.). Related: Fringed; fringing.
A benefit, like insurance coverage, added to one's pay; fringe benefit (1960+)