- the border or outer boundary of a two-dimensional figure.
- the length of such a boundary.
- a line bounding or marking off an area.
- the outermost limits.
- Military. a fortified boundary that protects a troop position.
- Ophthalmology. an instrument for determining the peripheral field of vision.
Origin of perimeter
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- the curve or line enclosing a plane area
- the length of this curve or line
- any boundary around something, such as a field
- (as modifier)a perimeter fence; a perimeter patrol
- a medical instrument for measuring the limits of the field of vision
C16: from French périmètre, from Latin perimetros; see peri-, -meter
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Word Origin and History for perimetry
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- The determination of the limits of the visual field.
- The outer limits of an area; circumference.
- An instrument used to measure field of vision.
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- The sum of the lengths of the segments that form the sides of a polygon.
- The total length of any closed curve, such as the circumference of a circle.
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