Definition of peripheral in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈrɪf(ə)r(ə)l/


1Relating to or situated on the edge or periphery of something: the peripheral areas of Europe
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  • Instead, it is a better idea to sample from the peripheral edges of affected areas where plant symptoms are less severe and nematode population densities are still high.
  • In addition it affects people in the peripheral areas of the county as the surrounding health boards are now refusing to accept patients from outside their own catchment area.
  • The shell has a rubber edging adhesive along its peripheral contour and is painted with a chemical agent-resistive coating.
outlying, outer, on the edge/outskirts, outermost, fringe, border, surrounding
rare circumferential, perimetric
1.1Of secondary or minor importance; marginal: she will see their problems as peripheral to her own
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  • The Charter may be extended to claims that are marginal or peripheral to the philosophical purposes of a bill of rights.
  • Of course, all this, as well as the leafy branches and stuffed birds, is peripheral to the music and suggests that they themselves realise the songs aren't their strongest selling point and need some kind of quirky garnish.
  • You know you're watching a bad zombie film when the zombies are peripheral to the sexy outfits, time-and-space-defying stunts, and deliriously obnoxious soundtrack.
secondary, subsidiary, incidental, tangential, marginal, minor, unimportant, lesser, inessential, non-essential, immaterial, superficial, ancillary, borderline;
irrelevant, beside the point, of little account, extraneous
1.2 Anatomy Near the surface of the body, with special reference to the circulation and nervous system: lymphocytes from peripheral blood
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  • It is thought that painful lesions are those that involve peritoneal surfaces innervated by peripheral spinal nerves, not those innervated by the autonomic nervous system.
  • Patients who do smoke are told to stop smoking, as it reduces peripheral blood circulation, especially to the skin, and impedes healing.
  • The smooth musculature of the larger blood vessels is relaxed, including the coronary, systemic peripheral and pulmonary arteries.
2(Of a device) able to be attached to and used with a computer, though not an integral part of it: a peripheral control processor
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  • These connectors can be plugged into devices such as computers and peripheral devices such that the respective components can be interconnected.
  • It will be paid in the form of vouchers that eligible consumers will be able to use to buy desktop hardware, laptops, tablet PCs, software and peripheral devices from any vendor.
  • In addition, four USB ports are available for connection to a variety of peripheral devices such as printers, modems or external storage devices.


A peripheral device: printers and other peripherals
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  • The growth market sectors in the current and coming fiscal years are peripherals and display devices.
  • Consumers can also buy inexpensive hard disks and other peripherals.
  • Instead, it wants to build these devices as standard peripherals on its processors.



Pronunciation: /pərɪf(ə)ˈralɪti/
Example sentences
  • The Government took the view that the selected criteria already reflected unemployment and, as to peripherality, considered it inappropriate to devise a specific criterion for two reasons.
  • Broadband is also becoming more important for the efficient delivery of public services, and it enables people to work and study from home and can reduce the impact of peripherality as a reason for underdevelopment.
  • I have said on many occasions that peripherality is a state of mind.


(also peripheralisation) noun
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  • After them came, as the model suggested, angry, elite political propagandists, whose life chances and worldviews were shaped by the contours of their peripheralization.
  • This highlights the relationship between the re-creation of a surplus population and the trend towards the peripheralization of major areas of work.
  • I'm talking about the recent rejection of asylum seekers, their peripheralisation and the opportunity for reconciliation which has slipped through our fingers.


(also peripheralise) verb
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  • ‘Contemporary music is peripheralised,’ he says.
  • When our material needs are so important that we can identify how to satisfy them in society, we peripheralise the big subjects.
  • Under these circumstances, language came to serve in Europe, in the manner the Atlantic had earlier done for the Americas, as a profoundly peripheralizing force.


Pronunciation: /pəˈrɪf(ə)rəli/
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  • Twenty years ago, he was one of a bunch of people I knew peripherally through the local Vancouver computer bulletin board system community.
  • I've been playing shows peripherally with their artists at different times, but coming into it now, I'm sure my view is quite different from anybody else's.
  • Although he was only peripherally involved in the scandal, he pled guilty and served seven months in prison on an attenuated criminal charge related to the break-in.

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