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+)
[free-oh] /ˈfri oʊ/ noun 1. a river in S Texas, flowing S and SE to the Nueces River SE of San Antonio. 220 miles (354 km) long.
humour, electronics /fri:’ohd/ (TMRC) A reversible (that is, fused, blown, or fried) diode. A friode may have been a SED at some time. See also LER. [Jargon File] (1996-04-28)
[friz-bee] /ˈfrɪz bi/ Trademark. 1. a brand of plastic concave disk, used for various catching games by sailing it between two or more players and thrown by making it spin as it is released with a flick of the wrist. /ˈfrɪzbiː/ noun 1. trademark a light plastic disc, usually 20–25 centimetres in diameter, thrown with […]
[frish-is hahf] /ˈfrɪʃ ɪs ˈhɑf/ noun 1. a lagoon in N Poland. 52 miles (84 km) long; 4–12 miles (6–19 km) wide. /ˈfrɪʃəs ˈhaf/ noun 1. the German name for Vistula (sense 2)