- 1An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material: a long grey skirt with a fringe the fringes of a prayer shawlMore 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.
- 2chiefly British The front part of someone’s hair, cut so as to hang over the forehead: she smiled as she pushed her fringe back out of her eyesMore 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 fibres in an animal or plant: a long fringe of hair on the tailMore 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, marches• rare ambitunorthodox, offbeat, alternative, avant-garde, experimental, innovative, innovatory, radical, extreme; peripheral, unofficial; North American left-field, off Broadway• informal 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) A secondary festival on the periphery of the Edinburgh Festival: she became noted for her work on the FringeMore example sentences
- First there was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then the Edinburgh Film Festival, followed by the Edinburgh Television Festival and the Edinburgh Book Festival.
- Why is there no dance or drama related to it on the Fringe or at the Festival?
- Marenghi won the Perrier Comedy Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's most prestigious prize.
- 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 colour 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.
verb (fringes, fringing, fringed)[with object] Back to top
- 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 border of hair or fibre: the fringed green leavesMore 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 'fibres, shreds'.