Definition of external
1a : capable of being perceived outwardly external signs of a diseaseb (1) : having merely the outward appearance of something : superficial (2) : not intrinsic or essential external circumstances
2a : of, relating to, or connected with the outside or an outer part the building's external featuresb : applied or applicable to the outside a lotion for external use
3a (1) : situated outside, apart, or beyond; specifically : situated near or toward the surface of the body (2) : arising or acting from outside an external forceb : of or relating to dealings or relationships with foreign countriesc : having existence independent of the mind external reality
externallyplay \ek-ˈstər-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of external in a Sentence
the external features of the building
the external signs of the disease
Recent Examples of external from the Web
Two external free agents believed to be of interest to the Heat: Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay and Toronto power forward Patrick Patterson.
Under California’s whistleblower law, an employer may not prohibit an employee from reporting to internal or external officials employer activity the employee reasonably believes violates a law or regulation or punish an employee for doing so.
Hunt will interview internal and external candidates over the next month, but the club isn’t expected to announce a hire until training camp begins in late July.
Theresa Zawacki, a senior policy adviser to Louisville Forward, said New Roots and the Fresh Stop Markets have received external agency funding from the city's budget in the past.
Joe Vallely, former director of government relations at Lockheed Martin, is the new vice president of external affairs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
There has been growing public anger at the government's initial response to the disaster's aftermath and reports that external paneling put up during a recent renovation contributed to the flames' rapid spread.
The presence of fossilized skin can’t be taken as an indication that the preservation of these animals was pristine, or completely represents the entirety of their external appearance.
Barretto joined the Harris Theater executive team as vice president of marketing and communications in 2015, and in 2016 oversaw the marketing, development and community engagement departments as executive vice president of external affairs.
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Definition of external
: something that is external: such asa : an outer partb : an external feature or aspect —usually used in plural
First Known Use of external
EXTERNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of external for English Language Learners
: located, seen, or used on the outside or surface of something
: coming from outside
: existing or occurring outside your mind
EXTERNAL Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of external
1: capable of being perceived outwardly : bodily external signs of a disease
2a: situated at, on, or near the outside an external protective covering an external muscleb: directed toward the outside : having an outside object external perception eyesight and the other external sensesc: used by applying to the outside an external lotion
3a (1): situated near or toward the surface of the body; also : situated away from the mesial plane the external condyle of the humerus (2): arising or acting from outside : having an outside origin external causes external stimulib: of, relating to, or consisting of something outside the mind : having existence independent of the mind sensations aroused by external phenomena external reality
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