from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To look intently, searchingly, or with difficulty. See Synonyms at gaze.
- intransitive v. To be partially visible; show: The moon peered from behind dark clouds.
- n. A person who has equal standing with another or others, as in rank, class, or age: children who are easily influenced by their peers.
- n. A nobleman.
- n. A man who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
- n. Archaic A companion; a fellow: "To stray away into these forests drear,/Alone, without a peer” ( John Keats).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To look with difficulty, or as if searching for something.
- n. Somebody who is, or something that is, at a level equal (to that of something else).
- n. A noble with a hereditary title, i.e., a peerage, and in times past, with certain rights and privileges not enjoyed by commoners.
- v. To carry communications traffic terminating on one's own network on an equivalency basis to and from another network, usually without charge or payment. Contrast with transit where one pays another network provider to carry one's traffic.
- n. Someone who pees, someone who urinates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To come in sight; to appear.
- intransitive v. To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep.
- n. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character, etc.; an equal; a match; a mate.
- n. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate.
- n. A nobleman; a member of one of the five degrees of the British nobility, namely, duke, marquis, earl, viscount, baron.
- transitive v. To make equal in rank.
- transitive v. To be, or to assume to be, equal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look narrowly or sharply: commonly implying searching or an effort to see: as, to peer into the darkness.
- To appear; come in sight.
- To appear; seem.
- n. One of the same rank, qualities, endowments, character, or the like; an equal; a match.
- n. A companion; a fellow; an associate.
- n. A nobleman of an especial dignity.
- To play the peer; be a peer or equal; take or be of equal rank.
- To make equal to or of the same rank with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
- n. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
- v. look searchingly
Too often, she says, the phrase "peer pressure" is used negatively.
I'm using the term peer-review in an inaccurate way; I refer not just to moderation in journals, but the informal network used to decide what's worth examining and what's not.
The term peer-review refers to two confusingly related processes.
For years the term peer-to-peer has been a synonym for piracy to most of the mainstream public.
This is based on the notion that mothers and fathers have a great deal of information to share with each other about raising kids in a twenty-first century worlda concept Ive been proposing since 1982, which I call peer groups for parents.
The following essay describes the emergence, or expansion, of a specific type of relational dynamic, which I call peer to peer.
In addition, there is a well-known, what we call a peer review process involving the two weapons design laboratories.
And we produce what I call peer production, governors, and property.
So in the next 10, 20, 30 years, we'll see more of these different steps taken up by different people and creating the basis for another type of society which I call the peer-to-peer society.
2 People also the term peer-review to describe the evolution of research.