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Meaning of EXTERNAL

Pronunciation:  ik'sturnl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"
  2. [adj]  exogenous
  3. [adj]  happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; "the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"
  4. [adj]  purely outward or superficial; "external composure"; "an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
  5. [adj]  from or between other countries; "external commerce"; "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
  6. [adj]  coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"

EXTERNAL is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: exogenous, extraneous, extrinsic, foreign, international, outer, outside, outside(a), outward
 Antonyms: internal
 See Also: characteristic, feature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*ter"nal\, 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;
             The external circumstances are greatly different.
    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. \Ex*ter"nal\, 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
          God in externals could not place content. --Pope.
Thesaurus Terms
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