HyperDic: peripheral

English > 3 senses of the word peripheral:
ADJECTIVEallperipheralon or near an edge or constituting / constituting an outer boundary
allperipheralrelated to the key issue but not of central importance
NOUNartifactperipheral, computer peripheral, peripheral device(computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer
peripheral > pronunciation
Soundsperih'ferahl; perih'frahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > peripheral: 3 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOn or near an edge or constituting / constituting an outer boundary; the outer area.
Examples
  • "Russia's peripheral provinces"
  • "peripheral suburbs"
Narrowercircumferentiallying around or just outside the edges or outskirts
encircling, skirtingAll around the edges
fringy, marginalAt or constituting / constituting a border or edge
off-baseLocated outside a military base
OppositecentralIn or near a center or constituting a center
Spanishperiférico
Catalanperifèric
Nounsperipherythe outside boundary or surface of something
Adverbsperipherallyin or at or near a periphery or according to a peripheral / peripheral role or function or relationship
English > peripheral: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningrelated to the key issue but not of central importance.
Examples
  • "a peripheral interest"
  • "energy is far from a peripheral issue in the economy"
  • "peripheral issues"
Broaderincidental, incident(sometimes followed by 'to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
Spanishperiférico
Catalanperifèric
Adverbsperipherallyin or at or near a periphery or according to a peripheral / peripheral role or function or relationship
English > peripheral: 3 senses > noun 1, artifact
Meaning(computer science) electronic equipment connected by cable to the CPU of a computer.
Example"disk drives and printers are important peripherals"
Synonymscomputer peripheral, peripheral device
Categorycomputer science, computingThe branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
Part ofcomputer, computing machine, computing device, data processor, electronic computer, information processing systemA machine for performing calculations automatically
Narrowerdata input device, input deviceA device that can be used to insert data into a computer or other computational device
output deviceElectronic or electromechanical equipment connected to a computer and used to transfer data out of the computer in the form of text, images, sounds, or other media
printer(computer science) an output device that prints the results of data processing
Broaderelectronic equipmentequipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
Spanishdispositivo periférico, periférico
Catalandispositiu perifèric, perifèric

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