Peripheries



[puh-rif-uh-ree] /pəˈrɪf ə ri/

noun, plural peripheries.
1.
the external boundary of any surface or area.
2.
the external surface of a body.
3.
the edge or outskirts, as of a city or urban area.
4.
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.
5.
Anatomy. the area in which nerves end.
/pəˈrɪfərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
the outermost boundary of an area
2.
the outside surface of something
3.
(anatomy) the surface or outermost part of the body or one of its organs or parts
n.

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.

periphery pe·riph·er·y (pə-rĭf’ə-rē)
n.

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