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Definition the outside boundary or surface of something;

or more rarely:  outside the area of main activity
  • There is too much illegal logging at the forest's periphery.
periphery = the outside boundary or surface of something
  • at the periphery of common sense
  • There were armed guards standing in front of the station house door and scattered around the periphery.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • periphery = the outside boundary of something
  • The females and young squatted in a thin line at the outer periphery of the circle, while just in front of them ranged the adult males.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan of the Apes
  • She who had been skimming along on life's turning but never-changing periphery had to be ready to be a "buddy" by day and maybe by night.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The crowd muttered, whispered, seething uneasily in the dark, welcomed the loud newcomers who pierced the dense periphery"One side!
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Only at the very periphery of the simulator did the M.D. field weaken.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • She was surrounded by impenetrable darkness, broken only by an odd flickering at the periphery of her vision, and the sound of someone talking.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • My eyesight starts to return, from the outside in so that I find myself turning my head to try to catch things in the periphery.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Sometimes I could almost see her—really see her, I mean—just at the periphery of my eyesight.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Right before we jump down from the car, I see Tobias turn his head in my periphery, and I glance back at him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • For so long they have been on his skin and on the edge of his sheets, scurrying to the periphery of his vision when he turns to look at them.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It exploded, bouncing off the wall to the ground, the vapours spreading instantly, clouds of gas swirling, choking men within its billowing periphery.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Small fires burn around the periphery.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • A dozen isolated individuals on the periphery: sentries.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • To my knowledge, no human operator has ever penetrated Core periphery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • If I stood still for too long, I found myself on the periphery again.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He headed commando raids against our most vulnerable campsites on the periphery of the main body.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Yeah, why's that so surprising?" he chuckles, as he spots the slim black boy shuffling slowly around the periphery.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Somewhere just at the periphery of his vision, it lurked.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light

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