Definition of "external" []

  • Relating to, existing on, or connected with the outside or an outer part; exterior. (adjective)
  • Suitable for application to the outside: external paints. (adjective)
  • Existing independently of the mind. (adjective)
  • Acting or coming from the outside: external pressures. (adjective)
  • Of or relating chiefly to outward appearance; superficial: "An internal sense of righteousness dwindles into an external concern for reputation” ( A.R. Gurney, Jr.) (adjective)
  • Of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Coming or acting from without (adjective)
  • Of or involving foreign nations; foreign (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body (adjective)
  • Situated on or near the outside of the body (adjective)
  • Denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate's place of study (adjective)
  • (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally (adjective)
  • (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind (adjective)
  • An external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential (noun)
  • A student taking an extramural subject (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "external" in a sentence
  • "As he puts it in discussing the Sextus 'attitude to the external world, “His own deep skepticism leaves him in a state of epochê, not only as to whether there are any such things as ˜external objects', but even as to whether these terms of the Dogmatists have any intelligible meaning at all.”"
  • "And (not to mention your having discarded those archetypes) so may you suppose an external archetype on my principles; —external, I mean, to your own mind: though indeed it must be supposed to exist in that Mind which comprehends all things; but then, this serves all the ends of identity, as well as if it existed out of a mind."
  • "This enormous external current must be accompanied by some effect within the fish _equivalent_ to a current, the direction of which is from the tail towards the head, and equal to the sum of _all these external_ forces."