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Definition related to an outer boundary; or related to the key issue but not of central importance

or of computers:  equipment connected by cable to the main computer — such as a printer
  • Russia's peripheral provinces
peripheral = related to an outer boundary
  • peripheral issues
  • disk drives and printers are important peripherals
  • energy is far from a peripheral issue in the economy
  • a peripheral interest
  • I saw him in my peripheral vision as I cleared the truck.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Stand at the edges of windows with my back to the wall, swivel my head to look peripherally into rooms.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The poles clipped by, blurring in the riders' peripheral vision.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The lookiloo appears again in my peripheral.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I could see him in my peripheral vision; he was gnawing on the cuff of his shirt, looking irritated.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • It wasn't the dabble of the foot in the water, or even the steady deep pull of the undertow or the peripheral drag of the whirlpool.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • In addition to their lungs, they have peripheral air sacs along each side.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • Peripherally, he saw that the camper truck had turned off the street at the end of the block.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Certainly, he had helped in the attempt to murder and bury her, but he seemed peripheral.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • In his peripheral vision, he could see the Bird looking furiously at his clenched fists.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I was about to agree with her when I noticed something in my peripheral vision, something up ahead that wasn't quite right.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • I was also too deeply engrossed in myself to pay attention to peripheral people like Herb.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Why not pick one you're not particularly fond of so I might peripherally allude to him-if it's necessary.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In his peripheral vision, Colin could see her smiling at him.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • A heavy ball the size of a cantaloupe whizzed toward his head; he glimpsed it in his peripheral vision and ducked just in time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan

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