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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. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom.
  10. Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
  11. Exogenous.
  12. 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.
  13. Something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; - usually in the plural.
  14. Outside; exterior; foreign.
  15. An outward part; an outward form.
  16. Externally.
  17. Exterior, on the outside; of two similar structures the one farther from the center of the body, lateral; opposed to internal, or medial.
  18. Exterior: outward: that may be seen: apparent: not innate or intrinsic: derived from without: accidental: foreign.
  19. Outward; apparent.
  20. Outside; superficial.
  21. An exterior part; an outward form or symbol, as of religion.
  22. Outward; exterior; from without; not being within; visible; apparent; foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; not essential.
  23. An external part.
  24. Outward; not within; visible; foreign.
  25. Near the outside, away from the mesial plane.
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Quotes of external

  1. While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course. – Larry Bird
  2. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is. – Daniel Boone
  3. But, on balance, we seized the marketplace. We've got a great infrastructure. And yes it's struggling in some areas because of some external factors and some internal factors. – Jim Cantalupo
  4. Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment. – Powell Clayton
  5. Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. – Kurt Cobain
  6. We live in a time of conflict- external and internal- when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger. – Charlie Dent
  7. On the other hand, for the whole human being who wills, feels, and represents, external reality is given simultaneously and with as much certitude as his own self. – Wilhelm Dilthey
  8. If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry. – John Drinkwater
  9. There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and. – Jonathan Edwards
  10. Seriously, these days I tend to shut up in terms of external analysis and DO try to let things speak for themselves, while still trying to get some depth into them. – Peter Hammill
  11. Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  12. It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive- to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  13. The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute. – Samuel George Morton
  14. Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech. – Antoine Rivarol
  15. Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities. – Bertrand Russell

Usage examples for external

  1. 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
  2. In all these matters no external power could interfere. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. What they need to unite them is an external bond, and what can suit them better than national feeling! – The Forerunners by Romain Rolland
  6. 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
  7. There was, in any external sense, nothing to be feared. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Paper- cutting is external to English, of course. – Stories to Tell to Children by Sara Cone Bryant
  13. 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
  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. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. The external appearance will indicate to a great extent our character. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  20. 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