Sunscreen is for external use only.
- An example of external is a tornado or some other force that can destroy your house from the outside.
- An example of external is the wall on the very back of your home directly next to the back yard.
- An example of external is a medicine that you apply on top of your skin instead of taking a pill.
The definition of external refers to something or someone that is outside or the outside walls of a space or something that is applied outside.
- on or having to do with the outside; outer; exterior
- on, or for use on, the outside of the body: a medicine for external use only
- outwardly visible
- existing apart from the mind; material: external reality
- originating outside; acting or coming from without: an external force
- for outward appearance or show; superficial: external politeness
- not basic or essential: external factors
- having to do with foreign countries and international affairs
Origin of externalMiddle English from Classical Latin externus, outward, external from exter, exterus, on the outside, comparative form from ex, out of (see ex-) + -al
- an outside or outward surface or part
- [pl.] outward appearance or behavior; superficialities
- Relating to, existing on, or connected with the outside or an outer part; exterior.
- Suitable for application to the outside: external paints.
- Existing independently of the mind.
- Acting or coming from the outside: external pressures.
- Of or relating chiefly to outward appearance; superficial: “An internal sense of righteousness dwindles into an external concern for reputation” ( A.R. Gurney, Jr. )
- Of or relating to foreign affairs or foreign countries: the country's minister of external affairs.
- An exterior part or surface.
- externals a. Outer circumstances.b. Outward appearances: was charming as far as the externals went.
Origin of externalMiddle English from Latin externus outward from exter ; see eghs in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more external, superlative most external)
- Outside of something; on the exterior.
- This building has some external pipework.
- Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.
- Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations.
- external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom
- (anatomy) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.