fringe

fringe [frinj]
n.
[ME frenge < OFr frenge, fringe < VL * frimbia, metathesis of LL fimbria, a fringe, border < L fimbriae, shreds, fibers]
1. a border or trimming of cords or threads, hanging loose or tied in bunches
2.
a) anything like this [a fringe of hair]
b) an outer edge; border; margin [at the fringes of the slums]
3. a part considered to be peripheral, extreme, or minor in relation to the main part [the lunatic fringe of a political party ]
4. FRINGE BENEFIT
5. Optics any of the light or dark bands resulting from the interference or diffraction of light
vt.
fringed, fringing
1. to decorate with or as with fringe
2. to be a fringe for; line [trees fringed the lawn]
adj.
1. at the outer edge or border [a fringe area of television reception ]
2. additional [fringe costs ]
3. less important; minor [fringe industries]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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