outer edges

See: confines
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It is as closely packed at its outer edges as it is in the centre, and then the habitations leave suddenly off and the plain beyond seems houseless.
The font was of stone worn smooth by long-continued use, the four outer edges hollowed and polished by the contact of the countless Wieroo bodies that had leaned against them for how long a period of time Bradley could not even guess.
Its outer edges - the edges of the drawing nearest the edge of the vellum - were far more distinct than the others.
All along the streets, on both sides, at the outer edge of the brick sidewalks, stood locust trees with trunks protected by wooden boxing, and these furnished shade for summer and a sweet fragrancer in spring, when the clusters of buds came forth.
Goosal seemed to be running his fingers lightly over the outer edge of the door.
The rock capped a high cliff; a stone dropped from its outer edge would have fallen sheer downward one thousand feet to the tops of the pines.
Often it seemed he must fail and be thrown upon the beach, but at the end of half an hour he was beyond the outer edge of the surf and swimming strong, no longer diving, but topping the waves.
A log raft in the river invited him, and he seated himself on its outer edge and contemplated the dreary vastness of the stream, wish- ing, the while, that he could only be drowned, all at once and unconsciously, without undergoing the un- comfortable routine devised by nature.
asked Robert, seating himself on the outer edge of one of the steps and taking hold of the hammock rope which was fastened to the post.
Great fangs sunk into the carcass tearing away huge hunks, the mightiest of the apes obtaining the choicest morsels, while the weaker circled the outer edge of the fighting, snarling pack awaiting their chance to dodge in and snatch a dropped tidbit or filch a remaining bone before all was gone.
Bumble, moving his chair by little and little, soon began to diminish the distance between himself and the matron; and, continuing to travel round the outer edge of the circle, brought his chair, in time, close to that in which the matron was seated.
It crossed our range of view from the boat-house, and passed darkly along the outer edge of the mist.