Definitions for: Fringe

[n] edging consisting of hanging threads or tassels
[n] a part of the city far removed from the center; "they built a factory on the outskirts of the city"
[n] the outside boundary or surface of something
[v] decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe; "fur fringed the hem of the dress"
[v] adorn with a fringe

Webster (1913) Definition: Fringe, n. [OF, fringe, F. frange, prob. fr. L. fimbria
fiber, thread, fringe, cf. fibra fiber, E. fiber, fimbriate.]
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. (Opt.) One of a number of light or dark bands, produced by
the interference of light; a diffraction band; -- called
also interference fringe.

4. (Bot.) The peristome or fringelike appendage of the
capsules of most mosses. See Peristome.

Fringe tree (Bot.), a small tree (Chionanthus Virginica),
growing in the Southern United States, and having
snow-white flowers, with long pendulous petals.

Fringe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fringed; p. pr. & vb. a.
To adorn the edge of with a fringe or as with a fringe.

Precipices fringed with grass. -- Bryant.

Fringing reef. See Coral reefs, under Coral.

Synonyms: outer boundary, outskirt, periphery

See Also: adorn, beautify, border, bound, boundary, city district, decorate, edge, edging, embellish, grace, ornament, skirt, suburb, suburban area, suburbia, surround

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