from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decorative border or edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band.
  • n. Something that resembles such a border or edging.
  • n. A marginal, peripheral, or secondary part: "They like to hang out on the geographical fringes, the seedy outposts” ( James Atlas).
  • n. Those members of a group or political party holding extreme views: the lunatic fringe.
  • n. Any of the light or dark bands produced by the diffraction or interference of light.
  • n. A fringe benefit.
  • transitive v. To decorate with or as if with a fringe: The weaver fringed the edge of the scarf.
  • transitive v. To serve as a fringe to: Ferns fringed the pool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Outside the mainstream.
  • n. A decorative border.
  • n. A marginal or peripheral part.
  • n. Those members of a political party, or any social group, holding unorthodox views.
  • n. The periphery of a town or city.
  • n. That part of the hair that hangs down above the eyes; bangs.
  • n. A light or dark band formed by the diffraction of light.
  • n. Non-mainstream theatre.
  • v. To decorate with fringe.
  • v. To serve as a fringe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornamental appendage to the border of a piece of stuff, originally consisting of the ends of the warp, projecting beyond the woven fabric; but more commonly made separate and sewed on, consisting sometimes of projecting ends, twisted or plaited together, and sometimes of loose threads of wool, silk, or linen, or narrow strips of leather, or the like.
  • n. Something resembling in any respect a fringe; a line of objects along a border or edge; a border; an edging; a margin; a confine.
  • n. One of a number of light or dark bands, produced by the interference of light; a diffraction band; -- called also interference fringe.
  • n. The peristome or fringelike appendage of the capsules of most mosses. See Peristome.
  • transitive v. To adorn the edge of with a fringe or as with a fringe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To decorate with a fringe or fringes, whether by raveling the edge, as of cloth, or by sewing on; border.
  • n. An ornamental bordering formed of short lengths of thread, whether loose or twisted, or of twisted cord more or less fine, variously arranged or combined, projecting from the edge of the material ornamented.
  • n. Something resembling a fringe; a broken border; any border or edging: as, a fringe of trees around a field, or of shrubs around a garden; a fringe of troops along a line of defense.
  • n. Specifically In botany, a border of slender processes or teeth; a fimbria.
  • n. In optics, one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction. See diffraction.
  • n. In zoology, a row of closely set, even hairs on a margin; specifically, in entomology, the edging of fine even hairs on the wing of a butterfly or moth.
  • n. In photography, a thickened edge of inferior sensitiveness on the pouring-off margin of a sensitized plate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light
  • n. the outside boundary or surface of something
  • n. a social group holding marginal or extreme views
  • n. an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
  • n. a part of the city far removed from the center
  • v. decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe
  • v. adorn with a fringe
  • n. a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English frenge, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, alteration of Late Latin fimbria; see fimbria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French frenge, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae ("fibers", "threads", "fringe") (plural). (Cognates include German Franse and Danish frynse.)



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