Definition of Fringe

1. Noun. The outside boundary or surface of something.

Exact synonyms: Outer Boundary, Periphery
Generic synonyms: Bound, Boundary, Edge
Derivative terms: Fringy, Peripheral



2. Verb. Adorn with a fringe. "The weaver fringed the scarf"
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament

3. Noun. A part of the city far removed from the center. "They built a factory on the outskirts of the city"
Exact synonyms: Outskirt
Generic synonyms: City District
Terms within: Suburb, Suburban Area, Suburbia

4. Verb. Decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe. "Fur fringed the hem of the dress"
Generic synonyms: Border, Environ, Ring, Skirt, Surround

5. Noun. One of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light.
Exact synonyms: Interference Fringe
Generic synonyms: Optical Phenomenon

6. Noun. A social group holding marginal or extreme views. "Members of the fringe believe we should be armed with guns at all times"
Generic synonyms: Social Group

7. Noun. A border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead.
Exact synonyms: Bang
Generic synonyms: Coif, Coiffure, Hair Style, Hairdo, Hairstyle

8. Noun. An ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels.
Generic synonyms: Edging
Derivative terms: Fringy

Definition of Fringe

1. n. An ornamental appendage to the border of a piece of stuff, originally consisting of the ends of the warp, projecting beyond the woven fabric; but more commonly made separate and sewed on, consisting sometimes of projecting ends, twisted or plaited together, and sometimes of loose threads of wool, silk, or linen, or narrow strips of leather, or the like.

2. v. t. To adorn the edge of with a fringe or as with a fringe.

Definition of Fringe

1. Adjective. Outside the mainstream. ¹

2. Noun. A decorative border. ¹

3. Noun. A marginal or peripheral part. ¹

4. Noun. Those members of a political party, or any social group, holding unorthodox views. ¹

5. Noun. The periphery of a town or city. ¹

6. Noun. That part of the hair that hangs down above the eyes; bangs. ¹

7. Noun. (physics) A light or dark band formed by the diffraction of light. ¹

8. Noun. Non-mainstream theatre. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To decorate with fringe. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To serve as a fringe. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fringe

1. to provide with a fringe (an ornamental border) [v FRINGED, FRINGING, FRINGES]

Medical Definition of Fringe

1. 1. An ornamental appendage to the border of a piece of stuff, originally consisting of the ends of the warp, projecting beyond the woven fabric; but more commonly made separate and sewed on, consisting sometimes of projecting ends, twisted or plaited together, and sometimes of loose threads of wool, silk, or linen, or narrow strips of leather, or the like. 2. Something resembling in any respect a fringe; a line of objects along a border or edge; a border; an edging; a margin; a confine. "The confines of grace and the fringes of repentance." (Jer. Taylor) 3. One of a number of light or dark bands, produced by the interference of light; a diffraction band; called also interference fringe. 4. The peristome or fringelike appendage of the capsules of most mosses. See Peristome. Fringe tree, a small tree (Chionanthus Virginica), growing in the Southern United States, and having snow-white flowers, with long pendulous petals. Origin: OF, fringe, F. Frange, prob. Fr. L. Fimbria fibre, thread, fringe, cf. Fibra fibre, E. Fibre, fimbriate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fringe

frill
frilled
frilled lizard
frilled lizards
frilled shark
friller
frillers
frillier
frillies
frilliest
frilling
frillings
frills
frilly
frine
fringe (current term)
fringe-toed lizard
fringe-y
fringe benefit
fringe benefits
fringe bush
fringe cups
fringe group
fringe groups
fringe tree
fringed
fringed gecko
fringed gentian
fringed loosestrife

Literary usage of Fringe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1887)
"Anne fringe was christened the second daie of April!. 1561. Francis fringe sonne of John fringe was christened the daie of June, ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1883)
"of figures and flowers, printed in eleven colors and its rich silk fringe and tassels, and a very satisfactory appearance also in cloth, black and gold, ..."

3. Physical Optics by Robert Williams Wood (1905)
"... a back fringe which changes its position if either prism is rotated ever so slightly. This fringe, which was .rst noticed by Landolt, was explained by ..."

4. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential ...by Sir James Edward Smith, James Sowerby by Sir James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1802)
"fringe red, delicate. Lid awl-shaped, straight. Veil of the same form, unequally toothed at the edge. The name macrocarpon in Withering can only be on error ..."

5. Maintaining Budgetary Discipline: Spending and Revenue Options edited by Sherry Snyder (1999)
"Imposing an excise tax on fringe benefits would diminish the effects of those ... Excluding fringe benefits from gross income effectively subsidizes their ..."

6. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1882)
"... of Indian Life — A Disgusted Warrior — Ceremonial Costumes — fringe Made of ... of fringe — How Indians Paint their Bodies — Bracelets and Bead work — A ..."

7. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"Between these streams stretches a range of low hills, crowned by an extensive plateau, where some of the best Gond villages lie, each within its fringe of ..."

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