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NOUN (1)

1. (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer;
- Example: "disk drives and printers are important peripherals"
[syn: peripheral, computer peripheral, peripheral device]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area;
- Example: "Russia's peripheral provinces"
- Example: "peripheral suburbs"

2. related to the key issue but not of central importance;
- Example: "a peripheral interest"
- Example: "energy is far from a peripheral issue in the economy"
- Example: "peripheral issues"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peripheral \Pe*riph"er*al\, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a periphery; constituting a periphery; peripheric. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) External; away from the center; on or near the surface; as, the peripheral portion of the nervous system. [1913 Webster] 3. Pertaining to minor, unimportant, superficial, or irrelevant aspects of the matter in question; as, peripheral isssues are dealt with in the appendix. [PJC] Peripheric
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

peripheral adj 1: on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area; "Russia's peripheral provinces"; "peripheral suburbs" [ant: central] 2: related to the key issue but not of central importance; "a peripheral interest"; "energy is far from a peripheral issue in the economy"; "peripheral issues" n 1: (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer; "disk drives and printers are important peripherals" [syn: peripheral, computer peripheral, peripheral device]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

56 Moby Thesaurus words for "peripheral": ambient, apparent, beside the point, circling, circumambient, circumferential, circumflex, circumfluent, circumfluous, circumjacent, cortical, delineatory, embracing, encircling, enclosing, encompassing, enfolding, enveloping, environing, epidermic, exomorphic, exterior, external, extrinsic, fringe, in outline, incidental, inessential, irrelevant, minor, neighboring, open, out, outer, outermost, outlined, outlying, outmost, outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, perimetric, public, roundabout, secondary, seeming, suburban, superficial, surface, surrounding, tangential, unessential, unimportant, unnecessary, wrapping
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

peripheral device peripheral device (Or "peripheral device", "device") Any part of a computer other than the CPU or working memory, i.e. disks, keyboards, monitors, mice, printers, scanners, tape drives, microphones, speakers, cameras, to list just the less exotic ones. High speed working memory, such as RAM, ROM or, in the old days, core would not normally be referred to as peripherals. The more modern term "device" is also more general in that it is used for things such as a pseudo-tty, a RAM drive, or a network adaptor. Some argue that, since the advent of the personal computer, the motherboard, hard disk, keyboard, mouse, and monitor are all parts of the base system, and only use the term "peripheral" for optional additional components. (2002-09-03)