- the external boundary of any surface or area.
- the external surface of a body.
- the edge or outskirts, as of a city or urban area.
- the relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question: The preliminary research did not, of course, take me beyond the periphery of my problem.
- Anatomy. the area in which nerves end.
Origin of periphery
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Examples from the Web for peripheries
The fusees are fixed obliquely and not tangentially to their peripheries.
When we feel a weakening at the center we feel a horror in the peripheries.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
Then upon the ends y, and u, at the distances ou, and ys; let two peripheries meet in the point r.
For let the circles agree, and then shall equall inscripts and peripheries agree.
The angles in the center or periphery of equall circles, are as the Peripheries are upon which they doe insist: And contrariwise.
- the outermost boundary of an area
- the outside surface of something
- anatomy the surface or outermost part of the body or one of its organs or parts
Word Origin and History for peripheries
late 14c., "atmosphere around the earth," from Old French periferie (Modern French périphérie), from Medieval Latin periferia, from Late Latin peripheria, from Greek peripheria "circumference, outer surface, line round a circular body," literally "a carrying around," from peripheres "rounded, moving round, revolving," peripherein "carry or move round," from peri- "round about" (see peri-) + pherein "to carry" (see infer). Meaning "outside boundary of a surface" attested in English from 1570s; general sense of "boundary" is from 1660s.
- The outermost part or region within a precise boundary; the part away from center.
- The outer surface of a solid.