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1an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material. a natural border of hair or fibers in an animal or plant. 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 activity
) 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 fringe
4a band of contrasting brightness or darkness produced by diffraction or interference of light. a strip of false color in an optical image.
not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme:fringe theater
verb (fringes, fringing, fringed) [with object]
decorate (clothing or material) with a fringe:a rich robe of gold, fringed with black velvet form a border around (something):the sea is fringed by palm trees
(as adjective fringed
) (of a plant or animal) having a natural border of hair or fiber.