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English Dictionary: external by the DICT Development Group
3 results for external
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; "the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"
    Antonym(s): internal
  2. coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"
    Synonym(s): external, extraneous, outside
  3. from or between other countries; "external commerce"; "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
    Synonym(s): external, international, outside(a)
  4. purely outward or superficial; "external composure"; "an external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
  1. outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   External \Ex*ter"nal\, a. [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on
      the outside, outward. See {Exterior}.]
      1. 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.
                     Of all external things, . . . She [Fancy] forms
                     imaginations, aery shapes.                  --Milton.
      2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate
            from the perceiving mind.
      3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as
            distinguished from mental or moral.
                     Her virtues graced with external gifts. --Shak.
      4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying;
                     The external circumstances are greatly different.
      5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations;
            as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of
            a state or kingdom.
      6. (Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
      {External angles}. (Geom.) See under {Angle}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   External \Ex*ter"nal\, n.
      Something external or without; outward part; that which makes
      a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; --
      usually in the plural.
               Adam was then no less glorious in his externals
               God in externals could not place content. --Pope.
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