—n. 1. a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
2. anything resembling or suggesting this: a fringe of grass around a swimming pool. 3. an outer edge; margin; periphery: on the fringe of the art world. 4. something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else: the lunatic fringe of a strong political party. 5. Optics.one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
6. See fringe benefit.
—v.t. 1. to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
2. to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe: armed guards fringing the building.