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nounplural noun peripheries

  • 1The outer limits or edge of an area or object.

    ‘new buildings on the periphery of the hospital site’
    • ‘One morning, a village on the periphery of a city wakes up to find itself bifurcated by the construction of a National Highway.’
    • ‘On the periphery of the print, I can see the living room décor as it used to be.’
    • ‘On the periphery of my hearing, I caught a high pitched keening sound - the sonic pulse.’
    • ‘The distribution of soil pressure normal to the culvert periphery is plotted against the central angle in Figure 7.’
    • ‘Note the formation of multiple hairs located at the cell periphery.’
    • ‘Vimentin filaments are more prevalent in the central regions of the cell than in the cell periphery.’
    • ‘The base plate may include flanges disposed along the outer periphery of the base plate.’
    • ‘The rotor includes a ring magnetic mounted to an outer periphery thereof.’
    • ‘Briefly, the initially adsorbed liposomes seemed to collapse from the outer periphery toward the center of the liposome.’
    • ‘Concrete public housing projects evoke their counterparts elsewhere and shanty towns exist on the urban periphery.’
    • ‘In town, the word referred to those who illegally took possession of land on the urban peripheries.’
    • ‘By definition, the lesions are in the lung periphery and therefore rarely present with hemoptysis or signs of infection.’
    • ‘If she sees me in the periphery of her vision, I'm screwed.’
    • ‘Poised on the western periphery of Europe, Portugal has always been on the edge, looking outwards.’
    • ‘In later use, the country's name indicates its location on the northern periphery of Europe.’
    • ‘The emphatic verticals of sheet metal piling mark out the eastern and northern peripheries of the car park.’
    • ‘Hotels on the city's periphery also have significant lettings.’
    • ‘New housing developments dot the city's periphery.’
    • ‘The underdevelopment of the periphery is a condition of the development of the center.’
    • ‘The ward is no longer on the periphery of the town.’
    edge, outer edge, margin, fringe, boundary, border, perimeter, circumference, rim, verge, borderline
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    1. 1.1A marginal or secondary position in, or part or aspect of, a group, subject, or sphere of activity.
      ‘a shift in power from the center to the periphery’
      • ‘On the positive side it has assisted in moving issues about ageing from the periphery to the centre of political debate.’
      • ‘In order to arrive at new prisms of analysis, we need to further de-center the West itself and look at what once were considered peripheries as centers in their own right, with their own capacity for creating history.’
      • ‘In sum, the prefect was the indispensable link between the centre and the periphery.’
      • ‘But there is, in many of its aspects, a confrontational bluntness that ensures relegation to the peripheries.’
      • ‘But with respect, you are at the periphery; I would not say the margin, but you are at the periphery of that debate.’
      • ‘Most part-time positions are located in the periphery of the organization.’
      • ‘The center may need to pay attention to the periphery and accept its influence simply in order to survive.’
      • ‘As its power of attraction increases, the center becomes more ignorant of the periphery.’
      • ‘For all his party loyalty, he found himself increasingly marginalized in union work, pushed to the peripheries, and hung out to take the flack when things fell apart.’
      • ‘We and the cinema must first conquer the DVD as a medium which serves the furthest peripheries of image production as much as the centre, the dissidents as much as the mainstream.’
      • ‘Is speech that advocates violence at the center of the First Amendment, or at its periphery?’
      • ‘Moreover, attacks on Victorianism could come from the periphery as well as the centre.’
      • ‘As the economic and social crisis mounted, democracy was confined, remarkably quickly, to the peripheries of European civilization.’
      • ‘By contrast Italian churches had tended to confine tomb monuments to the peripheries, with the wall tomb the most prestigious form of church burial.’
      • ‘From a sport that existed on the periphery of Irish consciousness his name entered the mainstream.’
      • ‘The modern state thus emerged on the periphery of a dynamic area of economic growth.’
      bounds, confines, limits, outer limits, extremities, margins, edges, fringes
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/pəˈrif(ə)rē/ /pəˈrɪf(ə)ri/


Late 16th century (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’.