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pəˈrɪf ər əlpe·riph·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peripheral, computer peripheral, peripheral device(adj)

    (computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer

    "disk drives and printers are important peripherals"

  2. peripheral(adj)

    on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area

    "Russia's peripheral provinces"; "peripheral suburbs"

  3. peripheral(adj)

    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"


  1. Peripheral(a.)

    Pertaining to minor, unimportant, superficial, or irrelevant aspects of the matter in question; as, peripheral isssues are dealt with in the appendix.


  1. peripheral(Noun)

    a device, such as a printer or scanner, connected to a computer

    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

  2. peripheral(Adjective)

    on the periphery or boundary

    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

  3. peripheral(Adjective)

    beside the point

    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

  4. peripheral(Adjective)


    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

  5. peripheral(Adjective)


    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

  6. peripheral(Adjective)

    a part of or located in the peripheral nervous system

    Etymology: From peripher-y + -al

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peripheral(adj)

    of or pertaining to a periphery; constituting a periphery; peripheric

  2. Peripheral(adj)

    external; away from the center; as, the peripheral portion of the nervous system


  1. Peripheral

    A peripheral is a device that is connected to a host computer, but not part of it. It expands the host's capabilities but does not form part of the core computer architecture. It is often, but not always, partially or completely dependent on the host. There are three different types of peripherals: ⁕Input, used to interact with, or send data to the computer ⁕Output, which provides output to the user from the computer ⁕Storage, which stores data processed by the computer

Editors Contribution

  1. peripheral

    A type of device connected to a computer or server.

    The peripheral of my computer is the multi functional device, power lead, display monitor etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peripheral in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peripheral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of peripheral in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Jay Gould:

    “If evolution almost always occurs by rapid speciation in small, peripheral isolates, then what should the fossil record look like? We are not likely to detect the event of speciation itself. It happens too fast, in too small a group, isolated too far from the ancestral range ...

  2. Patrick Jacq:

    The market remains relatively nervous but clearly the recent (developments) in peripheral debt markets and also in stocks at the moment favours a positive outcome.

  3. John Bolton:

    5G really is not so easily divisible into core elements and peripheral elements, how much risk are you prepared to accept that a foreign power is reading your mail all the time at their will?

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Against all odds, we achieved a great victory for the Likud, i am proud of the people of Israel, who in the moment of truth knew how to distinguish between what is important and what is peripheral, and to insist on what is important.

  5. Gilles Moëc:

    I think that QE is on the way quickly; I'm not as enthusiastic or as confident whether it is going to lift inflation expectations and growth in the euro area, we have already seen since 2012 quite a massive drop in peripheral (euro government bond) yields, without any major impact on borrowing rates to the corporate sector.

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