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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;
    1. Medicineto be applied to the outside of a body:The medicine says "for external use only.''
    1. 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.
    1. Medicine[Med.]to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:for external use only.
    1. situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:external influences.
    1. pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:external acts of worship.
    1. pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:external affairs; external commerce.
    1. Anatomy, Zoology[Zool., Anat.]on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
    1. Philosophy[Metaphys.]of or pertaining to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:external world.

  1. the outside;
    outer surface;
  1. something that is external.
  1. externals, external features, circumstances, etc.;
    outward appearance;
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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