External meaning

ĭk-stûrnəl
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Relating to, existing on, or connected with the outside or an outer part; exterior.
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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.

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.

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An outside or outward surface or part.
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Outward appearance or behavior; superficialities.
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Having to do with foreign countries and international affairs.
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Relating to, existing on, or connected with the outside or an outer part; exterior.
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Suitable for application to the outside.

External paints.

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Outside of something; on the exterior.

This building has some external pipework.

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Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations.

External trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom.

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(anatomy) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
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Existing independently of the mind.
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Acting or coming from the outside.

External pressures.

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Of or relating chiefly to outward appearance; superficial.
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Of or relating to foreign affairs or foreign countries.

The country's minister of external affairs.

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An exterior part or surface.
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Originating outside; acting or coming from without.

An external force.

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On or having to do with the outside; outer; exterior.
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On, or for use on, the outside of the body.

A medicine for external use only.

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Origin of external

  • Middle English from Latin externus outward from exter eghs in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French externe + -al, from Latin externus, from exter, exterus (“on the outside, outward”).

    From Wiktionary