Meaning of fringe

fringe

Pronunciation: (frinj), [key]
— n., v., fringed, fring•ing.
—n.
  1. a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
  2. anything resembling or suggesting this: a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
  3. an outer edge; margin; periphery: on the fringe of the art world.
  4. something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else: the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
  5. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
  6. See
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
  2. to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe: armed guards fringing the building.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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