fringe

If you make cutoffs from jeans, the little white strings around the edges of the legs make a fringe. A fringe is a decorative edge made of hanging strings of fabric.

You know how fringe hangs on the edge of fabric and clothing? Think of this picture when you see fringe used metaphorically to mean something that is on the outer boundaries of something else. Many cities hold events called fringe festivals that celebrate art created on the fringe of the established art world. A group of people whose beliefs place them on the outskirts of a social group is called a fringe group. And beware of the lunatic fringe — they are the extremists and fanatics of a social or political movement.

Definitions of fringe
  1. noun
    an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
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    type of:
    edging
    border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
  2. noun
    a border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead
    synonyms: bang
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    coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
    the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
  3. verb
    adorn with a fringe
    “The weaver fringed the scarf”
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  4. verb
    decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe
    “fur fringed the hem of the dress”
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    type of:
    border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  5. noun
    the outside boundary or surface of something
    synonyms: outer boundary, periphery
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    type of:
    bound, boundary, edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
  6. noun
    a part of the city far removed from the center
    synonyms: outskirt
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    type of:
    city district
    a district of a town or city
  7. verb
    provide with a border or edge
    synonyms: border, edge
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  8. noun
    a social group holding marginal or extreme views
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    type of:
    social group
    people sharing some social relation
  9. noun
    one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference and diffraction of light
    synonyms: interference fringe
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    type of:
    optical phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon related to or involving light
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