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Meaning of external by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin externus, from exter, exterus ( “on the outside, outward” ) .


    external ( comparative more external, superlative most external )

    1. outside of something


    External links

    • external in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • external in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • external at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of external by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface

    2. the external auditory canal
      external pressures
    3. purely outward or superficial

    4. external composure
      an external concern for reputation- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
    5. from or between other countries

    6. external commerce
    7. coming from the outside

    1. outward features

    2. he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion

    Definition of external by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. External a. [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on the outside, outward. See Exterior.]
      1. Outward; exterior; relating to the outside, as of a body; being without; acting from without; -- opposed to internal; as, “the external form or surface of a body”.

      Of all external things, . . .

      She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes. Milton.

      2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; ( Metaph. ) separate from the perceiving mind.

      3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral.

      Her virtues graced with external gifts. Shak.

      4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.

      The external circumstances are greatly different. Trench.

      5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, “external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom.”

      6. ( Anat. ) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.

      External angles. ( Geom. ) See under Angle.

    2. External, n. Something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; -- usually in the plural.

      Adam was then no less glorious in his externals South.

      God in externals could not place content. Pope.