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external    : [ɪkst'ɚnəl]
External \Ex*ter"nal\, n.
Something external or without; outward part; that which makes
a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; --
usually in the plural.
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Adam was then no less glorious in his externals
--South.
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God in externals could not place content. --Pope.
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External \Ex*ter"nal\, a. [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on
the outside, outward. See {Exterior}.]
1. 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.
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Of all external things, . . .
She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes.
--Milton.
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2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate
from the perceiving mind.
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3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as
distinguished from mental or moral.
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Her virtues graced with external gifts. --Shak.
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4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying;
superficial.
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The external circumstances are greatly different.
--Trench.
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5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations;
as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of
a state or kingdom.
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6. (Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
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{External angles}. (Geom.) See under {Angle}.
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external
adj 1: happening or arising or located outside or beyond some
limits or especially surface; "the external auditory
canal"; "external pressures" [ant: {internal}]
2: coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera
spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income";
"disdaining outside pressure groups" [synonym: {external},
{extraneous}, {outside}]
3: from or between other countries; "external commerce";
"international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
[synonym: {external}, {international}, {outside(a)}]
4: purely outward or superficial; "external composure"; "an
external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
n 1: outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of
religion"




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