internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) , ˈin-ˌtər- \

Definition of internal

1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: such as
a(1) : situated near the inside of the body
(2) : situated on the side toward the median plane of the body
b : of, relating to, or occurring on the inside of an organized structure (such as a club, company, or state) internal affairs
2 : relating or belonging to or existing within the mind
3 : intrinsic, inherent internal evidence of forgery in a document
4 : present or arising within an organism or one of its parts internal stimulus
5 : applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed an internal remedy

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Other Words from internal

internality \ ˌin-​ˌtər-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce internality (audio) \ noun
internally \ in-​ˈtər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce internally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of internal in a Sentence

the internal structure of the planet a patient who is experiencing internal bleeding
Recent Examples on the Web But unlike in the era of internal combustion engines, China has a real chance to become a heavyweight in the export market for EVs. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China Wants to Be the World’s EV Factory. It May Succeed.," 23 Oct. 2020 Those lower numbers are measured at the engine’s flywheel on a conventional internal combustion truck. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know About the All-New Hummer EV," 21 Oct. 2020 An internal report presented at an OPEC+ technical committee last week showed the group is aware of the dangers. Grant Smith, Bloomberg.com, "OPEC+ Faces More Pressure to Change Course as Ministers Meet," 17 Oct. 2020 But the truth is that really big inventions—the printing press, the internal-combustion engine, the internet—have both upsides and downsides. Tim Wu, The Atlantic, "How to Stop Innovation From Breaking America," 16 Oct. 2020 Some have suggested that F1 should ditch internal combustion entirely, but that won't be possible until 2039 thanks to an exclusive license granted to Formula E by the sports' governing body, the FIA. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Red Bull could quit F1 if new engine rules don’t happen," 16 Oct. 2020 More on the e-tron GT Unlike internal-combustion engines, electric motors make almost no noise at all, so Audi developed artificial sounds, specific for the e-tron GT, which play through an exterior speaker and change depending on drive mode. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Hear the 2021 Audi e-tron GT, Which Is Also Getting an RS Model," 8 Oct. 2020 Facebook removed hundreds of Pages and Groups linked to the movement in August, but an internal report uncovered by NBC News found that QAnon Groups on Facebook had millions of followers. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, "Facebook bans all Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts with QAnon connections," 6 Oct. 2020 The internal compression-expansion system is pretty cool too. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of internal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for internal

Middle English internalle, from Latin internus; akin to Latin inter between

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The first known use of internal was in the 15th century

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27 Oct 2020

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“Internal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internal. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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internal

adjective
How to pronounce internal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of internal

: existing or located on the inside of something
: coming from inside
: existing or occurring within your body

internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) \

Kids Definition of internal

1 : being within something : inner The core is part of the earth's internal structure.
2 : occurring or located within the body The heart is an internal organ.
3 : existing or occurring within a country internal affairs

Other Words from internal

internally adverb

internal

adjective
in·​ter·​nal | \ in-ˈtərn-ᵊl How to pronounce internal (audio) \

Medical Definition of internal

1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something: as
a : situated near the inside of the body an internal layer of abdominal muscle
b : situated on the side toward the midsagittal plane of the body the internal surface of the lung
2 : present or arising within an organism or one of its parts an internal stimulus
3 : applied or intended for application through the stomach by being swallowed an internal remedy

Other Words from internal

internally \ in-​ˈtərn-​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce internally (audio) \ adverb

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