External

Definition of External

Ex`ter´nal
a.1.Outward; exterior; relating to the outside, as of a body; being without; acting from without; - opposed to internal; as, the external form or surface of a body.
Of all external things, . . .
She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes.
- Milton.
2.(Metaph.) Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate from the perceiving mind.
3.Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral.
Her virtues graced with external gifts.
- Shak.
4.Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.
The external circumstances are greatly different.
- Trench.
5.Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom.
6.(Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
External angles
(Geom.) See under Angle.
n.1.Something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; - usually in the plural.
Adam was then no less glorious in his externals
- South.
God in externals could not place content.
- Pope.

Related Words

alien, apparent, border, circumference, cortex, cortical, covering, crust, envelope, epidermic, epidermis, exomorphic, exotic, extraneous, extraorganismal, extrinsic, facade, face, facet, foreign, fringe, front, impersonal, integument, lineaments, nonsubjective, objective, open, out, outer face, outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outermost, outline, outlying, outmost, outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, over, perceptible, peripheral, periphery, public, rind, roundabout, seeming, shell, skin, superficial, superficies, superstratum, surface, top, visible
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