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 for interference fringe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fringe \Fringe\ (fr[i^]nj), n. [OF, fringe, F. frange, prob. fr.
     L. fimbria fiber, thread, fringe, cf. fibra fiber, E. fiber,
     1. An ornamental appendage to the border of a piece of stuff,
        originally consisting of the ends of the warp, projecting
        beyond the woven fabric; but more commonly made separate
        and sewed on, consisting sometimes of projecting ends,
        twisted or plaited together, and sometimes of loose
        threads of wool, silk, or linen, or narrow strips of
        leather, or the like.
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     2. Something resembling in any respect a fringe; a line of
        objects along a border or edge; a border; an edging; a
        margin; a confine.
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              The confines of grace and the fringes of repentance.
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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     3. (Opt.) One of a number of light or dark bands, produced by
        the interference of light; a diffraction band; -- called
        also interference fringe.
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     4. (Bot.) The peristome or fringelike appendage of the
        capsules of most mosses. See Peristome.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interference \In`ter*fer"ence\, n. [See Interfere.]
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     1. The act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a
        machine by the interference of some of its parts; a
        meddlesome interference in the business of others.
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     2. (Physics) The mutual influence, under certain conditions,
        as from streams of light, or pulsations of sound, or,
        generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind, producing
        certain characteristic phenomena, as colored fringes, dark
        bands, or darkness, in the case of light, silence or
        increased intensity in sounds; neutralization or
        superposition of waves generally.
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     Note: The term is most commonly applied to light, and the
           undulatory theory of light affords the proper
           explanation of the phenomena which are considered to be
           produced by the superposition of waves, and are thus
           substantially identical in their origin with the
           phenomena of heat, sound, waves of water, and the like.
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     3. (Patent Law) The act or state of interfering, or of
        claiming a right to the same invention.
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     Interference figures (Optics), the figures observed when
        certain sections of crystallized bodies are viewed in
        converging polarized light; thus, a section of a uniaxial
        crystal, cut normal to the vertical axis, shows a series
        of concentric colored rings with a single black cross; --
        so called because produced by the interference of luminous
     Interference fringe. (Optics) See Fringe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  interference fringe
      n 1: one of the light or dark bands produced by the interference
           and diffraction of light [syn: fringe, interference

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