external

adjective
ex·​ter·​nal | \ ek-ˈstər-nᵊl How to pronounce external (audio) \

Definition of external

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : capable of being perceived outwardly external signs of a disease
b(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 features
b : 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 force
b : of or relating to dealings or relationships with foreign countries
c : having existence independent of the mind external reality

external

noun

Definition of external (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is external: such as
a : an outer part
b : an external feature or aspect usually used in plural

Other Words from external

Adjective

externally \ ek-​ˈstər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce external (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for external

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of external in a Sentence

Adjective the external features of the building the external signs of the disease
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Combination products are also available that prevent other internal and external parasites. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 Be the experts in your particular position and tell the world through lots of content, leveraging internal and external experts and multiple channels that link back to one hub. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Newton Director of Human Resources Michelle Pizzi O’Brien said the city will not judge internal and external candidates differently. Charles Moore And Justin Tang, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2022 After receiving roughly 40 applications from internal and external candidates, the district initially reduced the list to five, then three applicants before selecting Budzar. John Benson, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Pyre not only gives him a linchpin around which to build the narrative, but a focal point for the conflicts — both internal and external — that arise when modern-day members look back at church history that’s not generally talked about. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Stone appears to give neither of these damns, opting for an approach that forgoes fidelity in favor of an aggressive examination of the internal and external forces laying siege to Lucia’s sanity. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 As confusion mounts over Meta’s long-term plans, internal and external skeptics fear the company’s pivot to the nebulous metaverse could backfire on the Facebook and Instagram parent. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Mysteriously, the broken pieces of Mjolnir, the hammer of the thunder god, transformed her into the Mighty Thor and gifted her the superpowers of Thor, to battle threats internal and external. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Information out to the Foundation, alumni and other externals, too. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2018 The externals extend upward from the hipbone to the ribs and spine, and the internals rise forward from the hip to ribs. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2018 While the Notebook 9 Pen carries the high-end internals that would justify a $1,399 price tag, its externals don't match up. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2018 The kind of love that isn’t based on externals, but on a deep connection within. Paige Davis, Health.com, 2 Apr. 2018 After a minute or so, the mind goes outward once again and attends to the externals. Martin Seligman, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2018 MEMBERS OF THE EXTERNAL EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL PETER HARVEY, Esq. NOLA.com, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of external

Adjective

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for external

Adjective

Latin externus external, from exter — more at exterior

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The first known use of external was in 1542

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13 May 2022

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“External.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/external. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for external

external

adjective
ex·​ter·​nal | \ ek-ˈstər-nᵊl How to pronounce external (audio) \

Kids Definition of external

: situated on or relating to the outside : outside

external

adjective
ex·​ter·​nal | \ ek-ˈstərn-ᵊl How to pronounce external (audio) \

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 muscle
b : directed toward the outside : having an outside object external perception eyesight and the other external senses
c : 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 stimuli
b : of, relating to, or consisting of something outside the mind : having existence independent of the mind sensations aroused by external phenomena external reality

Other Words from external

externally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce external (audio) \ adverb

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