Definition of external

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external


[ ik-

stur

-nl ]


/ ɪkˈstɜr nl /


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adjective


of or relating to the outside or outer part; outer:

an external surface.



Medicine/Medical

.


to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:

for external use only.


situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:

external influences.


pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:

external acts of worship.


pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:

external affairs; external commerce.



Zoology

,

Anatomy

.


on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.



Metaphysics

.


of or relating to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:

external world.


noun


the outside; outer surface;

exterior

.


something that is external.


externals,


external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.

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Origin of


external

Late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at

extern

,

-al

1

OTHER WORDS FROM external


ex·ter·nal·ly,


adverb


non·ex·ter·nal,


adjective,


noun


non·ex·ter·nal·ly,


adverb


qua·si-ex·ter·nal,


adjective


qua·si-ex·ter·nal·ly,


adverb


sem·i·ex·ter·nal,


adjective


sem·i·ex·ter·nal·ly,


adverb


sub·ex·ter·nal,


adjective


sub·ex·ter·nal·ly,


adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH external



extraneous

,

external

,

extrinsic

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Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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external

Individual companies may be able to turn

external

shocks into lemonade.


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If you don’t have insurance, XpresCheck’s fee is $75 for the PCR or $90 for the PCR and antibody test, plus $50 to $100 in

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Branding is an essential part of

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Unfortunately, she and other experts told me, in this case, a planned

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review was on a collision course with the surge in coronavirus cases that hit the nation over the last month.


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Don’t toss out that old drive when you’re done, though—you can put it in a USB enclosure and use it as an

external

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That announcement dealt a huge blow to our morale internally and to the case that we made to minority voters

external

ly.


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Third, to justify a killing, the target would also have to be ”

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ly focused.”


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The Times was forced to shift into full-blown damage-control mode, both internally and

external

ly.


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They will probably try to keep things calm

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ly while the succession maneuvering takes place.


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The next questions are around issues that might threaten that peace—not only

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ly, but also from within a community.


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The flowers grow in clusters from the extremities of the stalk; they are yellow

external

ly and of a delicate red within.


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E. R. Billings.

I ordered lukewarm baths, frequent fomentations, and the use of oil and soap, applied

external

ly and rubbed into the body.


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In the autumn of 1863, after a visit to Apukhtin, Tchaikovsky returned to Petersburg,

external

ly and inwardly a changed man.


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External

ly, Tchaikovskys life had remained unchanged during this period.


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It is a very humble, plain-looking edifice

external

ly; and internally it is equally unassuming.


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British Dictionary definitions for

external


external


/ (

ɪkˈstɜːn

ə

l

) /


adjective


of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer


coming or acting from without


external evidence from an independent source


of or involving foreign nations; foreign


of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body


anatomy


situated on or near the outside of the body


the external ear


education


denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate’s place of study



Australian

and

NZ



(of a student) studying a university subject extramurally


philosophy


(of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind


noun


(often plural)


an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential



Australian

and

NZ



a student taking an extramural subject

Derived forms of external



externally

,

adverb

Word Origin for

external

C15: from Latin

externus

outward, from

exterus

on the outside, from

ex

out of
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


Medical definitions for

external


external


[ ĭk-stûr



nəl ]


adj.


Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.

The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


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