Definitions for internalɪnˈtɜr nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•nalɪnˈtɜr nl(adj.)

  1. situated or existing in the interior of something; interior.

  2. of or pertaining to the inside or inner part.

  3. acting or coming from within.

  4. existing, occurring, or found within the limits or scope of something; intrinsic:

    internal logic.

  5. of or pertaining to the domestic affairs of a country.

    Category: Government

  6. of or produced by the psyche or inner recesses of the mind; subjective.

  7. present or occurring within an organism or one of its parts.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  8. to be taken inside the body, esp. orally.

    Category: Pharmacology

  9. away from the surface or closer to the center of the body or of a part; inner.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  10. (n.)Usu., internals. entrails; innards.

  11. an inner or intrinsic attribute.

Origin of internal:

1500–10; < ML internālis, der. of L internusintern3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. internal(adj)

    happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface

    "internal organs"; "internal mechanism of a toy"; "internal party maneuvering"

  2. internal, intragroup(adj)

    occurring within an institution or community

    "intragroup squabbling within the corporation"

  3. home(a), interior(a), internal, national(adj)

    inside the country

    "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics"

  4. inner, interior, internal(adj)

    located inward

    "Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle"- Leonard Bernstein; "she thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it"- David Denby; "an internal sense of rightousness"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.

  5. inner, internal, intimate(adj)

    innermost or essential

    "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. internal(adjective)ɪnˈtɜr nl

    inside sb's body

    internal organs

  2. internalɪnˈtɜr nl

    ≠ external

    ***internal promotion; internal security forces

  3. internalɪnˈtɜr nl

    ≠ external

    internal doors


  1. internal(Adjective)

    inside of something

    We saw the internal compartments

  2. internal(Adjective)

    within the body

    Her bleeding was internal

  3. internal(Adjective)

    concerned with the domestic affairs of a nation, state or other political community.

    The nation suffered from internal conflicts

  4. internal(Adjective)

    concerned with the non-public affairs of a company or other organisation

    An internal investigation was conducted

  5. Origin: From internalis, from internus + -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Internal(adj)

    inward; interior; being within any limit or surface; inclosed; -- opposed to external; as, the internal parts of a body, or of the earth

  2. Internal(adj)

    derived from, or dependent on, the thing itself; inherent; as, the internal evidence of the divine origin of the Scriptures

  3. Internal(adj)

    pertaining to its own affairs or interests; especially, (said of a country) domestic, as opposed to foreign; as, internal trade; internal troubles or war

  4. Internal(adj)

    pertaining to the inner being or the heart; spiritual

  5. Internal(adj)

    intrinsic; inherent; real

  6. Internal(adj)

    lying toward the mesial plane; mesial

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'internal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1516

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'internal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3174

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'internal' in Adjectives Frequency: #185

Translations for internal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, on or in the inside of something (eg a person's body)

The man suffered internal injuries in the accident.

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