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peer

Etymology: L, par, equal
a person deemed an equal for the purpose at hand. A peer is usually a colleague or associate of roughly the same age or level of mental endowment.

peer

(pēr) [ME.]
One who has an equal standing with another in age, class, or rank.

peer review

The evaluation of the quality of the work effort of an individual by his or her colleagues. It could involve evaluation of articles submitted for publication or the quality of medical care administered by an individual, group, or hospital.
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To my surprise and joy, however, he recovered himself, and disentangling his limbs from the fractured branches, he peered out from his leafy bed, and shouted lustily,
He felt of it from end to end, peered down the black depths of the muzzle, fingered the sights, the breech, the stock, and finally the trigger.
I, too, trembling, peered down at the angry beasts and did my best to imitate my mother's cries.
The babe crawled under the table and, turning, peered out cautiously.
They kept to the brush and trees, and invariably the man halted and peered out before crossing a dry glade or naked stretch of upland pasturage.