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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•ter•nal /ɪkˈstɝnəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- of or relating to the outside or outer part;
- Medicineto be applied to the outside of a body:The medicine says "for external use only.''
- located or being outside something;
acting or coming from without: external influences.
(ik stûr′nl), adj.
- of or pertaining to the outside or outer part;
outer:an external surface.
- Medicine[Med.]to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:for external use only.
- situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:external influences.
- pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:external acts of worship.
- pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:external affairs; external commerce.
- Anatomy, Zoology[Zool., Anat.]on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
- Philosophy[Metaphys.]of or pertaining to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:external world.
- the outside;
- something that is external.
- externals, external features, circumstances, etc.;
1 . outermost, exterior.
late Middle English;
see extern, -al1
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
external /ɪkˈstɜːnəl/ adj
- of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
- coming or acting from without
- of or involving foreign nations; foreign
- of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
- situated on or near the outside of the body
- Austral NZ (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
- (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out ofexˈternally adv
- (often plural) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
- Austral NZ a student taking an extramural subject
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