- 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 internalsmarrow, heart, substance, lining, inside, innards, soul, bosom, pith, viscera, belly, midst, pulp, contents, heartland, within, internals
Examples from the Web for internals
Contemporary Examples of internals
If you look beyond those top-line numbers, some of the internals, as they call them, are just awful for Romney.The Last Plutocrat the Republicans Will Nominate for a While
September 26, 2012
The internals of the new Des Moines Register poll tell the tale.Why Mitt Romney Is Winning, and Rick Perry Is Losing
January 3, 2012
So, looking around for a set of George Washingtons and Thomas Jeffersons among the internals: They didn't leap up.Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right
February 8, 2011
Historical Examples of internals
Skipper, if I dinna dive into their internals, gie me sax dozen.The Iron Pirate
Paul hadn't wanted to get involved in the internals of their political ideology.Revolution
Dallas McCord Reynolds
And not all the grace of internals can atone for external monotony.Alone
The clock's internals growled the five-minute verge of twelve.A Yankee from the West
A doll on a small table began to buzz mysteriously in its internals.Young People's Pride
Stephen Vincent Benet
- 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 internals
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.