from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter. See Synonyms at circumference.
- n. The surface of a solid.
- n. The outermost part or region within a precise boundary.
- n. A zone constituting an imprecise boundary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The outside boundary, parts or surface of something.
- n. A first-rank administrative division of Greece, subdivided in provinces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The outside or superficial portions of a body; the surface.
- n. The circumference of a circle, ellipse, or other figure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geom., the circumference of a circle; by extension, the boundary-line of any closed figure; the perimeter.
- n. The outside or superficial parts of a body; the surface generally.
- Pertaining to a periphery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the outside boundary or surface of something
Middle English periferie, from Medieval Latin periferia, from Late Latin peripherīa, from Greek periphereia, from peripherēs, carrying around : peri-, peri- + pherein, to carry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English periferie, from Old French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Ancient Greek περιφέρεια (periphereia, "the line around the circle, circumference, part of a circle, an arc, the outer surface"), from περιφερής (peripherēs, "moving around, round, circular"), from περιφέρω (peripherō, "I carry around, move around"), from περί (peri) + φέρω (pherō, "I bear, carry"). (Wiktionary)