Definition of External

1. Noun. Outward features. "He enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"

Generic synonyms: Characteristic, Feature

2. Adjective. Happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface. "External pressures"
Attributes: Position, Spatial Relation
Similar to: Outer, Outside
Also: Outside
Derivative terms: Externality
Antonyms: Internal

3. Adjective. Coming from the outside. "Disdaining outside pressure groups"
Exact synonyms: Extraneous, Outside
Similar to: Extrinsic
Derivative terms: Externality, Extraneousness

4. Adjective. From or between other countries. "Developing nations need outside help"
Exact synonyms: International, Outside
Similar to: Foreign
Derivative terms: Internationality

5. Adjective. Purely outward or superficial. "An external concern for reputation"
Similar to: Outward

Definition of External

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

Definition of External

1. Adjective. outside of something ¹

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Definition of External

1. an exterior [n -S] - See also: exterior

Medical Definition of External

1. Situated or occurring on the outside, many anatomical structures formerly called external are now more correctly termed lateral. Origin: L. Externus = outside This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of External

extermination camps
external (current term)
external-combustion engine
external absorption
external acoustic foramen
external acoustic meatus
external acoustic pore
external anal sphincter
external angle
external aperture of cochlear canaliculus
external aperture of vestibular aqueduct
external arcuate fibres
external artery of nose
external auditory canal
external auditory foramen
external auditory meatus

Literary usage of External

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"The vein descends behind the external ear and joins the temporo-maxillary vein, forming the external jugular. ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The vein descends behind the external ear and joins the posterior division of the temporo-maxillary vein, forming the external jugular. ..."

3. The Lancet (1898)
"As a sinos which although not suggested by the external orifices of the fistola has to be traced and laid open. opening or openings as to be sure that they ..."

4. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"But our proof shows that external experience is properly immediate,* that only by ... But the existence of external things is absolutely requisite for this ..."

5. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1913)
"external CONDITIONS OF IMPROVEMENT The conditions of improvement may best be reviewed under four heads—external conditions, such as length of practice ..."

6. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Purely external investigations not productive. The earlier experimenters on reaction were satisfied to seek exact definitions of the lengths of these ..."

7. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1898)
"Of external Advantages and Disadvantages. But tho' pride and humility have the qualities of our mind and body, that is self, for their natural and more ..."

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