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

  • n. The part or region remote from a central district, as of a city or town. Often used in the plural: on the outskirts of Paris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a more remote part of a town or city; the periphery, environs; a suburb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part remote from the center, and near the outer edge; border; -- usually in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form an outskirt; skirt or run along the border of.
  • n. A section or part that skirts, runs, or lies along the edge or boundary of a specified area; a border or border region; a purlieu: used chiefly in the plural: as, the outskirts of a forest or of a town; the outskirts of science.

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

  • n. a part of the city far removed from the center


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