Definition of peer-to-peer in English:



  • [attributive] Denoting or relating to computer networks in which each computer can act as a server for the others, allowing shared access to files and peripherals without the need for a central server.

    • ‘The software for these decentralized peer-to-peer networks is freely available from dozens of sites.’
    • ‘A software engineer measured traffic through the ports used by well-known peer-to-peer networks.’
    • ‘Then they asked about peer-to-peer networks, and had I used them in the past, and was I using them now, and so on.’
    • ‘But trade in illegal software over peer-to-peer networks remains a grey area.’
    • ‘If people want to find our work out there and share it on peer-to-peer networks, it's really a non-issue to us.’