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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Peripheral  \Pe*riph"er*al\,  a. 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  periphery;  constituting  a  periphery; 
  2.  (Anat.)  External;  away  from  the  center;  as  the  peripheral 
  portion  of  the  nervous  system. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  of  the  nature  of  a  periphery; 
  "peripheral  vision" 
  2:  on  or  near  an  edge  or  constituting  an  outer  boundary; 
  "russia's  peripheral  provinces";  "peripheral  vision"  [ant: 
  3:  not  of  central  importance;  "energy  is  far  from  a  peripheral 
  issue  in  the  economy" 
  n  :  (computer  science)  devices  connected  by  cable  to  the  CPU  of 
  a  computer;  "disk  drives  and  printers  are  important 
  peripherals"  [syn:  {computer  peripheral},  {peripheral 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    (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}. 

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