1 of minor importance; marginal.
2 of the periphery; on the fringe.
3 Anat. near the surface of the body, with special reference to the circulation and nervous system.
4 (of equipment) used with a computer etc. but not an integral part of it.
—n. a peripheral device or piece of equipment.
Phrases and idioms:
peripheral nervous system Anat. the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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peripheral — pe‧riph‧e‧ral [pəˈrɪfrəl] adjective 1. peripheral activity/ business etc COMMERCE an activity, business etc that is not the most important one that a company is involved in: • The firm is neglecting profitable core businesses to develop… … Financial and business terms
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; as, the peripheral portion of the nervous system. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
peripheral — (adj.) 1803, from PERIPHERY (Cf. periphery) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Peripherally. Peripherals peripheral devices of a computer is from 1966 … Etymology dictionary
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peripheral — I adjective beside the point, circumferential, collateral, exterior, external, extraneous, farthest, fringe, impertinent, inconsequential, inessential, irrelevant, on the edge, outer, outermost, outland, outlying, outmost, outside, perimetric,… … Law dictionary
peripheral — [engl.], zur Peripherie gehörig … Universal-Lexikon
peripheral — [adj] minor, outside beside the point, borderline, exterior, external, incidental, inessential, irrelevant, minor, outer, outermost, perimetric, secondary, superficial, surface, tangential, unimportant; concepts 575,583,831 Ant. central, crucial … New thesaurus
peripheral — [pə rif′ə rəl] adj. 1. of, belonging to, or forming a periphery 2. a) lying at the outside or away from the central part; outer; external b) Anat. of, at, or near the surface of the body; specif., designating or of that part of a nervous system… … English World dictionary
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peripheral — [[t]pərɪ̱fərəl[/t]] peripherals 1) ADJ GRADED A peripheral activity or issue is one which is not very important compared with other activities or issues. Companies are increasingly keen to contract out peripheral activities like training.… … English dictionary