• WordNet 3.6
    • v fringe decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe "fur fringed the hem of the dress"
    • v fringe adorn with a fringe "The weaver fringed the scarf"
    • n fringe an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
    • n fringe a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
    • n fringe a social group holding marginal or extreme views "members of the fringe believe we should be armed with guns at all times"
    • n fringe a part of the city far removed from the center "they built a factory on the outskirts of the city"
    • n fringe one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light
    • n fringe the outside boundary or surface of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fringe 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.
    • Fringe (Opt) One of a number of light or dark bands, produced by the interference of light; a diffraction band; -- called also interference fringe.
    • Fringe Something resembling in any respect a fringe; a line of objects along a border or edge; a border; an edging; a margin; a confine. "The confines of grace and the fringes of repentance."
    • Fringe (Bot) The peristome or fringelike appendage of the capsules of most mosses. See Peristome.
    • v. t Fringe To adorn the edge of with a fringe or as with a fringe. "Precipices fringed with grass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fringe 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. Fringe may consist of the frayed or raveled edge of the piece of stuff ornamented, but it is generally of other material, often made very solid and ponderous, the cords being of tightly twisted silk or of gold or silver thread of considerable thickness and length.
    • n fringe 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 fringe Specifically In botany, a border of slender processes or teeth; a fimbria.
    • n fringe In optics, one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction. See diffraction.
    • n fringe 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. In some of the lower moths, as the Tineidæ, the fringe of the secondary is frequently wider than the wing itself.
    • n fringe In photography, a thickened edge of inferior sensitiveness on the pouring-off margin of a sensitized plate.
    • fringe To decorate with a fringe or fringes, whether by raveling the edge, as of cloth, or by sewing on; border.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fringe frinj loose threads forming an ornamental border: anything like a fringe, even a girl's hair cut in front and falling over the brow: the extremity
    • v.t Fringe to adorn with fringe: to border
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF, fringe, F. frange, prob. fr. L. fimbria, fiber, thread, fringe, cf. fibra, fiber, E. fiber, fimbriate,


In literature:

And the beeg-a waves got more beeg and more beeg and on top of them I saw long white lace fringe.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
She had a sunshade over her head, a deep-fringed thing with a folding handle.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
There was a fringe of timberland on every side.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
He stood upon the fringe of the gaunt Karoo.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
He pointed again to the fringe of woods below us.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Many such tongues of ice fringe Mus-tagh-ata on all sides.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
A fringe of careless or scoffing onlookers stood back against the tent wall.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Pani sat out on the cedar plank that made the door-sill, and she was cutting deerskin fringe for next winter's leggings.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There were knitted quilts, with ball fringe around four sides, and the tester fringed the same way.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Abdomen much more slender than the thorax, not extending beyond the hind wings; anal lateral appendages fringed.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various

In poetry:

O playmate in the golden time!
Our mossy seat is green,
Its fringing violets blossom yet,
The old trees o'er it lean.
"My Playmate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In the bower there is a chair,
Fringed all about with gold,
Where doth sit the fairest fair
That did ever eye behold.
"A Pastoral" by Nicholas Breton
The violets star the meadows,
The rose-buds fringe the door,
And over the grassy orchard
The pink-white blossoms pour.
"After All" by William Winter
Along the shore the tall thin grass,
That fringes that dark river,
While sinuously soft feet pass
Beings to bleed and quiver.
"In Memory Of Col. Charles Young" by Countee Cullen
Now your eyelid fringes meet,
Kissed by slumbers, soft and sweet.
Who can wonder, angels keep
Tender watch when babies sleep?
"Lullaby" by Ella Fraser Weller
Swift from the dim horizon
The dark sails scud for the land.
Look, how the rain-cloud drops its fringe
About us on either hand!
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

The 5th Annual New Orleans Fringe Festival hits stages across the city this week with its special and unusual theatrical features.
Romney Aided Fringe Utah College Founded by Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist .
A Peek at Conservatism's Anti-Gay Conspiracy- Theorist Fringe.
One month later, there's an opportunity for the eighth-ranked Sooners (5-1) to climb onto the fringes of the national championship debate if they can find a way to beat No.
It's usual, but wrong, for candidates to pander to fringe.
Triassic Parq — The Musical, which just opened at the SoHo Playhouse, sticks to an approach familiar to anyone who's ever attended the New York International Fringe Festival.
Kimberley Hall at the 11th annual East Coast Trike -In in Mount Airy, N.C. First it was those little red tricycles with the fringe hanging from the handle grips.
After 12 days of theatergoing during the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, I need some rest.
Fringe Beat Ventures North to Take in the Monterey Jazz Fest.
Venues add verve to Vancouver's Fringe Festival.
One facility's experience with a life-jacket-required policy shows why it's worth consideration — and the fringe benefits that can result.
GARWOOD, Texas (AP) — A pair of old gravel pits on the fringes of this South Texas town may spell the future of water supplies in the Colorado River basin.
A pair of old gravel pits on the fringes of this South Texas town may spell the future of water supplies in the Colorado River basin.
GARWOOD (AP) — A pair of old gravel pits on the fringes of this South Texas town may spell the future of water supplies in the Colorado River basin.
1576 W Grove St, Boise Boise Downtown and Fringe ID 83702.

In science:

The most striking contribution of their approach to evaluation is that it resides at the fringe of HCI.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The key result is that the interference fringes, produced by varying the phase χ, is shifted by α = arg Tr(Ui ρ) and that this shift reduces to Pancharatnam’s original prescription for pure states.
Generalization of geometric phase to completely positive maps
For BTEV, we expect to reduce the dipole fringe field to 30 G maximum modulus in the region of the HPDs.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
The set of vertices just defined is cal led the fringe subtree rooted at w . A CRT is a random variable ω 7→ (T (ω ), µ(ω )) on a probability space (Ω, F , P ) which values are continuum trees.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
TF by keeping, at each branchpoint, the N largest fringe subtrees rooted at this branchpoint (that is the subtrees with the largest masses) and discarding the others in order to yield a tree in which branchpoints have out-degree at most N .
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree