Meaning of EXTERNAL in English

EXTERNAL

adj. & n.

--adj.

1. a of or situated on the outside or visible part (opp. INTERNAL). b coming or derived from the outside or an outside source.

2 relating to a country's foreign affairs.

3 outside the conscious subject (the external world).

4 (of medicine etc.) for use on the outside of the body.

5 for or concerning students taking the examinations of a university without attending it.

--n. (in pl.)

1. the outward features or aspect.

2 external circumstances.

3 inessentials.

Phrases and idioms:

external evidence evidence derived from a source independent of the thing discussed.

Derivatives:

externality n. (pl. -ies). externally adv.

Etymology: med.L f. L externus f. exterus outside

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.