- situated or existing in the interior of something; interior.
- of, relating to, or noting the inside or inner part.
- Pharmacology. oral(def 4).
- existing, occurring, or found within the limits or scope of something; intrinsic: a theory having internal logic.
- of or relating to the domestic affairs of a country: the internal politics of a nation.
- existing solely within the individual mind: internal malaise.
- coming from, produced, or motivated by the psyche or inner recesses of the mind; subjective: an internal response.
- Anatomy, Zoology. inner; not superficial; away from the surface or next to the axis of the body or of a part: the internal carotid artery.
- present or occurring within an organism or one of its parts: an internal organ.
- Usually internals. entrails; innards.
- an inner or intrinsic attribute.
Origin of internal
Related Words for internaldomestic, constitutional, private, subjective, national, in-house, intramural, civic, enclosed, gut, home, indigenous, inherent, innate, inner, inside, interior, intestine, intimate, intrinsic
Examples from the Web for internal
Contemporary Examples of internal
The result was a system not open to alternatives from the outside and with no internal incentives for innovation.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
What is much more important than these numbers is an internal dynamic for which there are no statistics.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
In 2012, an internal Canadian government report called for the consolidation of these forces.Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence
October 22, 2014
Rick has no internal conflict about what is morally right and what is wrong.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
October 14, 2014
The text is peppered with internal rhymes and repeated letter combos.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of internal
The exterior is not remarkable, but the beauty of the internal ornament is most striking.Yorkshire Painted And Described
While the mill was at rest he pried into its internal machinery.Biographical Stories
Norman windows have only one splay on the internal side of the building.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
She believed the death of Jonas was a judgment on them for their internal dissensions.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It is by "internal evidence," observe, that we decide upon the mind.
- of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner
- coming or acting from within; interior
- involving the spiritual or mental life; subjective
- of or involving a nation's domestic as opposed to foreign affairs
- education denoting assessment by examiners who are employed at the candidate's place of study
- situated within, affecting, or relating to the inside of the body
- a medical examination of the vagina, uterus, or rectum
Word Origin for internal
Word Origin and History for internal
early 15c., from Medieval Latin internalis, from Latin internus "within, inward, internal," figuratively "domestic," expanded from pre-Latin *interos, *interus "on the inside, inward," from PIE *en-ter- (cf. Old Church Slavonic anter, Sanskrit antar "within, between," Old High German unter "between," and the "down" sense of Old English under); suffixed (comparative) form of *en "in" (see in). Meaning "of or pertaining to the domestic affairs of a country (e.g. internal revenue) is from 1795. Internal combustion first recorded 1884. Related: Internally.
- Located, acting, or effective within the body.
- Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.