Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Now such a structure as this is what is termed a "fringing reef."

He could not remember; anyhow here he was, a little out of hell, just fringing it as it were.

He leaped from the rock and plunged through the fringing skeletons.

Indeed, half the beauty of the rug may lie in the fringing and finish.

Finish by tying them in a square knot and fringing the ends.

Yes, a dandelion, “fringing the dusty road with harmless gold.”

Only the fringing coasts along the Atlantic and the Mediterranean are fertile.

He watched while the man urged his horse deep into the fringing timber.

There was a fringing of willow-bushes along the edge of the river.

As is evident from the fringing around the hole made by the 6-in.


early 14c., from Old French frenge "thread, strand, fringe, hem" (early 14c.), from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (plural) "fibers, threads, fringe," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "outer edge, margin," is first recorded 1894. Related: Fringes. Fringe benefits is recorded from 1952.