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Princeton's WordNet

  1. external(adj)

    outward features

    "he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"

  2. external(adj)

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

    "the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"

  3. external, extraneous, outside(adj)

    coming from the outside

    "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"

  4. external, international, outside(a)(adj)

    from or between other countries

    "external commerce"; "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"

  5. external(adj)

    purely outward or superficial

    "external composure"; "an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.

Wiktionary

  1. external(Adjective)

    outside of something

  2. Origin: From externus, from exter, exterus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. External(adj)

    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

  2. External(adj)

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

  3. External(adj)

    outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral

  4. External(adj)

    not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial

  5. External(adj)

    foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom

  6. External(adj)

    away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral

  7. External(noun)

    something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; -- usually in the plural

  8. Origin: [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on the outside, outward. See Exterior.]

Freebase

  1. External

    The term external is useful for describing certain algebraic structures. The term comes from the concept of an external binary operation which is a binary operation that draws from some external set. To be more specific, a left external binary operation on S over R is a function and a right external binary operation on S over R is a function where S is the set the operation is defined on, and R is the external set.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. External

    eks-tėr′nal, adj. exterior: lying outside: outward: belonging to the world of outward things: that may be seen: not innate or intrinsic: accidental: foreign.—n. exterior: (pl.) the outward parts: outward or non-essential forms and ceremonies.—n. Extē′rior, an exterior thing, the outside.—adj. Extern′, external, outward.—n. a day-scholar.—n. Externalisā′tion.—v.t. Exter′nalise, to give form to.—ns. Exter′nalism, undue regard to mere externals or non-essential outward forms, esp. of religion; External′ity, external character: superficiality: undue regard to externals.—adv. Exter′nally.—n. Exter′nat, a day-school. [L. externusexter.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2057

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4372

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Adjectives Frequency: #275

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of external in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of external in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Keith Oldham:

    The Joint Commission brings external scrutiny to hospitals, and external scrutiny is very important.

  2. Barbara Hall:

    You're dealing with the demon of external validation. You can't beat external validation. You want to know why Because it feels sooo good.

  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

  4. Aldous Huxley:

    When one's ill or unhappy, one needs something outside oneself to hold one up. It is a good thing, I think, when one has been knocked out of one's balance . to have some external job or duty to hang on to.

  5. Jeffrey Spiegel:

    There is no treatment that makes a person’s brain match their external appearance, but they can make their external appearance match their internal feelings, transsexuals want to be seen as the gender they feel inside.

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