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Definitions of external

  1. coming from the outside; " extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; " relying upon an extraneous income"; " disdaining outside pressure groups"
  2. outward features; " he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"
  3. happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; " the external auditory canal"; " external pressures"
  4. purely outward or superficial; " external composure"; " an external concern for reputation"- A. R. Gurney, Jr.
  5. from or between other countries; " external commerce"; " international trade"; " developing nations need outside help"
  6. Outside of or separate from ourselves; ( Metaph.) separate from the perceiving mind.
  7. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral.
  8. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.
  9. Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
  10. 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.
  11. Something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; - usually in the plural.
  12. Outside; exterior; foreign.
  13. An outward part; an outward form.
  14. Externally.
  15. Exterior: outward: that may be seen: apparent: not innate or intrinsic: derived from without: accidental: foreign.
  16. Outward; apparent.
  17. Outside; superficial.
  18. An exterior part; an outward form or symbol, as of religion.
  19. Outward; exterior; from without; not being within; visible; apparent; foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; not essential.
  20. An external part.
  21. Outward; not within; visible; foreign.

Usage examples for external

  1. There was, in any external sense, nothing to be feared. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  2. She had been furious under all her external composure because he had been at the station when she left the train. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  3. The external appearance will indicate to a great extent our character. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  4. The first is the passing away of all the external, but of it only. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  5. No. As I believe, he said it because it was a rite; and because he had learned that the one thing needful was spiritual character, and that no external ceremonial of any sort could produce that. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  6. The external mind is sleeping, or, at most, dreaming of the things of the spirit. – The-Light-of-Egypt-or-the-science-of-the-soul-and-the-stars-Volume-2 by Burgoyne, Thomas H.
  7. Such a feeling cannot rise above sadness, and, if the hero is a noble soul, it may become the impression of a dreadful external necessity. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  8. I feel quite sure that nothing external suggested these ideas of magic, and I think it probable that they approached the ideas of savages at a very early stage of development. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  9. All this is contrary to the laws of the external world, which are all that you recognize, and yet it can easily be explained if we accept the idea of a higher order of things. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. Flight, under such circumstances, was impossible, unless some extraordinary external assistance was to be obtained. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  11. There is no good, no knowledge, unless we can go out from and take some of the external into ourselves. – Mrs. Shelley by Lucy M. Rossetti
  12. He said he was just about going to do the opposite; he wanted a large external resistance and a low internal one. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  13. In all these matters no external power could interfere. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  14. This is but the external aspect of the man's state. – Light On The Path and Through the Gates of Gold by Mabel Collins
  15. This, the square end of the Circus, was termed oppidum, from its external resemblance to a town, with walls and towers. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  16. What they need to unite them is an external bond, and what can suit them better than national feeling! – The Forerunners by Romain Rolland
  17. I am no more master of my thoughts than of the external accidents which suggest them to me. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  18. The rule of having the woman lie on her back has been unfortunate in many ways and has required much more external interference than if other positions were adopted, while the pains have been more unbearable because that is actually the position in which the woman suffers most and in which she can do least to lessen them. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  19. Here began, then, the civilization of the world; and all that is finest and highest in industry, in education, in discovery, in the whole external civilization of the world, came in with the coming of this spirit that questions and that asks for proof. – Our Unitarian Gospel by Minot Savage
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