Meaning of EXTERNAL in English


— externally , adv.

/ik sterr"nl/ , adj.

1. of or pertaining to the outside or outer part; outer: an external surface.

2. Med. to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy: for external use only.

3. situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without: external influences.

4. pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show: external acts of worship.

5. pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries: external affairs; external commerce.

6. Zool. , Anat. on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.

7. Metaphys. of or pertaining to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind: external world.


8. the outside; outer surface; exterior.

9. something that is external.

10. externals , external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.

[ 1375-1425; late ME; see EXTERN, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. outermost, exterior.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .