- of or relating to the outside or outer part; outer: an external surface.
- Medicine/Medical. 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.
- Zoology, Anatomy. on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
- Metaphysics. of or relating to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind: external world.
- the outside; outer surface; exterior.
- something that is external.
- externals, external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.
Origin of external
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1. outermost, exterior.
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Examples from the Web for externally
Third, to justify a killing, the target would also have to be "externally focused."David's Bookclub: Kill or Capture
September 11, 2012
The Times was forced to shift into full-blown damage-control mode, both internally and externally.Augusta’s Weird Culture War Ends With Membership for Rice, Moore
August 21, 2012
The next questions are around issues that might threaten that peace—not only externally, but also from within a community.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
You do have a reputation of being frighteningly competitive, both internally and externally with other networks.David Gregory, Off the Air
January 7, 2010
Externally the combat of chastity recommences; always the thorns reappear.The Dream
Externally he looks the same, and I can wind him round my little finger.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
That which externally seemed will and immovableness was willingness and self-annihilation.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Externally, it has nothing in common with the gloomy European prisons.Criminal Man
Externally, vesicant; used in form of ointment, or tincture.Cattle and Their Diseases
- of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
- coming or acting from withoutexternal evidence from an independent source
- of or involving foreign nations; foreign
- of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
- anatomy situated on or near the outside of the bodythe external ear
- education denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate's place of study
- Australian and NZ (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
- philosophy (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
- (often plural) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
- Australian and NZ a student taking an extramural subject
C15: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out of
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Word Origin and History for externally
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.
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