a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
anything resembling or suggesting this:
a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
an outer edge; margin; periphery:
on the fringe of the art world.
something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else:
the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
Optics. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
verb (used with object), fringed, fringing.
to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe:
armed guards fringing the building.
an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
(modifier) unofficial; not conventional in form: fringe theatre
(mainly Brit) a section of the front hair cut short over the forehead
an ornamental border or margin
(physics) any of the light and dark or coloured bands produced by diffraction or interference of light
to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
to be a fringe for: fur fringes the satin
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.
A benefit, like insurance coverage, added to one’s pay; fringe benefit (1960+)
noun 1. a plant of the genus Gentianopsis (or Gentiana), especially G. crinita, having a tubular blue corolla with four fringed petals.
noun 1. any of several American orchids of the genus Habenaria, having a cut, fringed lip. noun 1. any orchid of the genus Habenaria, having yellow, white, purple, or greenish flowers with fringed petals See also purple-fringed orchid
noun 1. a North American milkwort, Polygala paucifolia, having flowers with purplish-pink, winglike petals and a fringed tube.
[frinj-hed] /ˈfrɪndʒˌhɛd/ noun 1. any fish of the genus Neoclinus, characterized by a row of fleshy processes on the , as N. blanchardi (sarcastic fringehead) of California coastal waters.