"he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"
happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface
"the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"
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"
external, international, outside(a)(adj)
from or between other countries
"external commerce"; "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
purely outward or superficial
"external composure"; "an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
outside of something
Origin: From externus, from exter, exterus.
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
outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate from the perceiving mind
outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral
not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial
foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom
away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral
something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; -- usually in the plural
Origin: [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on the outside, outward. See Exterior.]
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
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. externus—exter.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2057
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4372
Rank popularity for the word 'external' in Adjectives Frequency: #275
The numerical value of external in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of external in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are interested in external conquest.
I have a strong preference for an external candidate.
We will continue accelerating our external innovation.
I don't need external motivation. I can generate my own.
Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
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Translations for external
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- externa, externCatalan, Valencian
- vnější, externíCzech
- Außen-, externGerman
- بیگانه, بیرونیPersian
- ulkopuolinen, ulkonainen, ulkoinen, ulko-Finnish
- 外部, 外側Japanese
- uitwendig, uiterlijkDutch
- наружный, внешнийRussian
- vànjskī, ìzvanjskī, èkstērnīSerbo-Croatian
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