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Meaning of periphery

pe•riph•er•y

Pronunciation: (pu-rif'u-rē), [key]
— pl. -er•ies.
  1. the external boundary of any surface or area.
  2. the external surface of a body.
  3. the edge or outskirts, as of a city or urban area.
  4. the relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question: The preliminary research did not, of course, take me beyond the periphery of my problem.
  5. the area in which nerves end.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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