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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•ter•nal /ɪkˈstɝnəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to the outside or outer part;
  2. Medicineto be applied to the outside of a body:The medicine says "for external use only.''
  3. located or being outside something;
    acting or coming from without: external influences.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•ter•nal  (ik stûrnl), 
  1. of or pertaining to the outside or outer part;
    outer:an external surface.
  2. Medicine[Med.]to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:for external use only.
  3. situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:external influences.
  4. pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:external acts of worship.
  5. pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:external affairs; external commerce.
  6. Anatomy, Zoology[Zool., Anat.]on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
  7. Philosophy[Metaphys.]of or pertaining to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:external world.

  • the outside;
    outer surface;
  • something that is external.
  • externals, external features, circumstances, etc.;
    outward appearance;
  • Etymology:1375–1425;
    late Middle English;
    see extern, -al1
    ex•ternal•ly, adv. 
    1 . outermost, exterior.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    external /ɪkˈstɜːnəl/ adj
    1. of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
    2. coming or acting from without
    3. of or involving foreign nations; foreign
    4. of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
    5. situated on or near the outside of the body
    6. Austral NZ (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
    7. (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
    1. (often plural) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
    2. Austral NZ a student taking an extramural subject
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out of

    exˈternally adv

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