- 1An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.More example sentences
- Much of the vigor of the textile traditions of Mahdia comes through the embellishment of woven cloth with embroidery and the addition of fringes, tassels, and pompoms.
- Being a very feminine line, rounded shapes, inverted pleats, fringes, deconstructed cuts and chunky buttons feature in the collection.
- She was wearing a floral silk shirt with a fringe and a denim miniskirt.
- 2 chiefly British term for bangs (see bang1 ( sense 2 of the noun)).More example sentences
- As part of a new image to promote the single, 21-year-old Kimberley, of Allerton, Bradford, has been given a new haircut with a fringe.
- Scott put out his cigarette in the ashtray, and wiped his hand across his forehead, pushing back his fringe.
- His thin, reddish hair is neatly cut; a boyish fringe covers his forehead.
- 2.1A natural border of hair or fibers in an animal or plant.More example sentences
- Stems and leaves have a fringe of fine hairs that are particularly appealing when plants are side- or back-lit by the sun.
- Most are blackish brown with a white fringe of hair decorously surrounding the face.
- Forefeet and hindfeet each have 5 digits, and the surface area of the forefeet is increased by the addition of a fringe of stiff hairs around the periphery.
- 3 (often the fringes) The outer, marginal, or extreme part of an area, group, or sphere of activity: his uncles were on the fringes of crooked activityMore example sentences
perimeter, periphery, border, borderline, margin, rim, outer edge, edge, extremity, limit; outer limits, limits, borders, bounds, outskirts• literary margeunorthodox, alternative, avant-garde, experimental, innovative, left-field, innovatory, radical, extreme; peripheral; off-off Broadway• informal offbeat, way out
- Eighty-five percent of at-risk American farms are on the fringes of urban areas.
- Initially, stations were located on the fringes of the urban area to ease access and economize on land costs.
- Like most early projects, it replaced an area of run-down, overcrowded, squalid dwellings on the fringes of the downtown area.
- 3.1 (the fringe) The unconventional, extreme, or marginal wing of a group or sphere of activity: the lunatic fringe of American political life rap music is no longer something on the fringeMore example sentences
- They're not going to listen to people on the fringe.
- Chun Sue fashions herself as renegade, on the fringe of culture.
- Yet every radical justice movement-from abolition to suffrage-started on the fringe.
- 4A band of contrasting brightness or darkness produced by diffraction or interference of light.More example sentences
- According to Young, diffraction fringes occur as a result of interference between the incident wave and a wave arising from the edge of a diffracting aperture or body.
- The rainbows, often referred to as ‘the glory’, are simply the chromatic fringes developed by diffraction at the margin of the shadow, but it's a startling spectacle.
- During this process, the beams from the reference surface and test sample interfere, producing dark and bright fringes.
- 4.1A strip of false color in an optical image.More example sentences
- The device can produce high-contrast optical fringes.
- In those days such simple telescopes tended to produce poor images with colored fringes around celestial objects.
- But being me I kept being distracted by the fringe of the projected image.
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- Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme: fringe theaterMore example sentences
- Roughly ten days after beginning your fringe theatre experience, you return to the rest of your life, eager to re-orient yourself.
- Start getting experience with fringe shows and repertory theatres, particularly those with young designer programmes.
- No one would claim these views represent mainstream opinion - and fringe groups often try to hijack the news agenda through co-ordinated letter writing campaigns.
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- 1Decorate (clothing or material) with a fringe: a rich robe of gold, fringed with black velvetMore example sentences
- Painted dragons hold up these canvasses, just as the carved silvered and tinted flying dragons support the blue silk satin window draperies, fringed with gold tassels.
- This frame has a leather mat and hanging strap, and is fringed with scrap yarn.
- It was pulled tight over my stomach and bust, and was fringed with white fluff on the hem of the dress and ends of the sleeves.
- 1.1Form a border around (something): the sea is fringed by palm treesMore example sentences
- And outside only a bird's mournful cry broke the stillness of the timeless, winding country lanes and mile upon rolling mile of flat farm land fringed by the sea.
- Columbia University walkways are still fringed with snow from late winter storms.
- However, they're fringed with mature cherry trees.
- 1.2 (as adjective fringed) (Of a plant or animal) having a natural border of hair or fiber.More example sentences
- There is a large, branched tentacle above each eye, adding to the fish's somewhat comical appearance, and a very much smaller fringed tentacle on the nostril beneath each eye.
- With its phenomenal fringed and ruffled petals and velvety purple-black color, this is a tulip that stands out in any garden.
- It is characterized with slender, brown-yellow bugs with fringed wings thriving in flower buds.
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- This staged process will slowly ease a fringed hairstyle to one that is fringeless.
- From sea turtles to fringeless white orchids, native species are declining at alarming rates as their natural habitats are lost or degraded.
- Several of these species are threatened and uncommon in Maryland, including the pygmy shrew, the purple fringeless orchid and the lobed spleen wart.
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- The delegates didn't have time for their fringy nonsense, the press didn't care, and the protesters were not serious.
- Rachael had now put on a black skirt, with a fringy sea-blue v-neck top, and was prancing around the room, her arms extended.
- This shrub offers burgundy-green foliage and hot pink, fringy blooms primarily in late winter-spring.
Middle English: from Old French frenge, based on late Latin fimbria, earlier a plural noun meaning 'fibers, shreds'.