verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.
- friml, rudolf,
- fringe area,
- fringe benefit,
- fringe tree,
- fringe-toed lizard,
Origin of fringe
Examples from the Web for fringing
Never was flower more exquisite in texture and fringing—never one more graceful in habit.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits|Mary Elizabeth Parsons
About the clearing in the fringing woods were fifty rickety structures lifted on poles.Lady Luck|Hugh Wiley
But here necessity is turned to advantage, as this unevenness or fringing softens lines278 that otherwise would be harsh.Oriental Rugs|Walter A. Hawley
Now such a structure as this is what is termed a "fringing reef."Coral and Coral Reefs|Thomas H. Huxley
There are three kinds of coral reef—namely, fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls.Geology|James Geikie
- an outer edge; periphery
- (as modifier)fringe dwellers; a fringe area
Word Origin for fringe
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.