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.
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How to use periphery in a sentence
He just walked around the periphery of the development and proceeded on.
Another U.S. intelligence official said, “Boko Haram is really on the periphery of the al Qaeda universe.”
The problem is, that periphery has now grown much closer thanks to the location of Sochi.The Volgograd Bombings and the Return of Big Terror to Russia | Michael Weiss | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Despite the hype over gentrification, urban economies—including that of New York—still underperform their periphery.
We were on the outer periphery of the operation, too distant to see the scene clearly without binoculars.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico | Nick Romeo | August 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is sometimes indented, with its convex side in contact with the periphery of the cell.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
So the intervals will be equal in the directions both of the periphery and of the length.Ten Books on Architecture | Vitruvius
There is something definable there, in the periphery of those ancient ruins.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
His eyes were still on the needles that kept creeping higher and higher along the calibrated periphery of the meters.Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
The centers of the crosses are occupied by the central hole of the whorl, while the arms extend to the periphery.The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for periphery
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
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