Definitions for externalɪkˈstɜr nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ter•nalɪkˈstɜr nl(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to the outside or outer part; outer:

    an external surface.

  2. to be applied to the outside of a body.

    Category: Medicine

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

    external influences.

  4. pertaining to outward appearance:

    external acts of worship.

  5. pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:

    external affairs; external commerce.

  6. of or pertaining to the world of things, considered as independent of the mind.

    Category: Philosphy

  7. (n.)the outside; outer surface; exterior.

  8. externals, external features; outward appearance; superficialities.

Origin of external:

1400–50; see extern,-al1


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.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. external(adjective)ɪkˈstɜr nl

    ≠ internal

    the external doors; an insect with an external skeleton

  2. externalɪkˈstɜr nl

    ≠ internal

    external influences on the court's decisions; an external auditor


  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


  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.

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

Translations for external

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, for, from, or on, the outside

Chemists often label skin creams `For external use only'.

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