Definition of periphery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈrɪfəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈrɪfəri//
    [usually singular] (pl. peripheries) (formal)
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  1. 1the outer edge of a particular area industrial development on the periphery of the town The condition makes it difficult for patients to see objects at the periphery of their vision. Extensive new planting is taking place around the periphery of the site.
  2. 2the less important part of something, for example of a particular activity or of a social or political group minor parties on the periphery of American politics
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a line that forms the boundary of something): via late Latin from Greek periphereia ‘circumference’, from peripherēs ‘revolving around’, from peri- ‘around’ + pherein ‘to bear’.
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