- 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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Related Wordsperimeter, fringe, rim, brink, verge, ambit, circuit, covering, margin, circumference, skirt, outside, edge, brim, compass, hem, boundary, border
Examples from the Web for periphery
He just walked around the periphery of the development and proceeded on.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Another U.S. intelligence official said, “Boko Haram is really on the periphery of the al Qaeda universe.”Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection
May 11, 2014
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
January 2, 2014
Despite the hype over gentrification, urban economies—including that of New York—still underperform their periphery.The Revolt Against Urban Gentry
November 30, 2013
They are Kurds, Iraqis, Somalis, Turks, Bosnians, who live on the periphery of the city.The Ugly Side of Sweden
Janine di Giovanni
July 17, 2013
Even chiaroscuros, with their few sober tones, fell into this periphery.John Baptist Jackson
So the intervals will be equal in the directions both of the periphery and of the length.Ten Books on Architecture
So a circle is a figure: Because it is a plaine every way bounded with one periphery.
Draw a periphery by three points, which doe not fall in a right line.
A tangent is but one onely in that point of the periphery Schoner.
- 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 periphery
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.