\Fringe\ (fr[i^]nj), n. [OF, fringe, F. frange, prob. fr.
L. fimbria fiber, thread, fringe, cf. fibra fiber, E. fiber, fimbriate.]
1. 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.
2. Something resembling in any respect a fringe; a line of objects along a border or edge; a border; an edging; a margin; a confine.
3. (Opt.) One of a number of light or dark bands,produced by the interference of light; a diffraction band; called also interference fringe. [1913 Webster]
4. the outside boundary or surface of something [syn: periphery, outer boundary]
5. a part of the city far removed from the center; "they built a factory on the outskirts of the city" [syn: outskirt]