follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

external

[ik-stur-nl] /ɪkˈstɜr nl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the outside or outer part; outer:
an external surface.
2.
Medicine/Medical. 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.
Zoology, Anatomy. on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
7.
Metaphysics. of or relating to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:
external world.
noun
8.
the outside; outer surface; exterior.
9.
something that is external.
10.
externals, external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.
Origin of external
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see extern, -al1
Related forms
externally, adverb
nonexternal, adjective, noun
nonexternally, adverb
quasi-external, adjective
quasi-externally, adverb
semiexternal, adjective
semiexternally, adverb
subexternal, adjective
subexternally, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
1. outermost, exterior.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for externally
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But the "living sacrifice" Paul mentions is righteous before God, and also externally holy.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • externally he looks the same, and I can wind him round my little finger.

  • You pay it without a murmur, externally; and hope you are done with it.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • That which externally seemed will and immovableness was willingness and self-annihilation.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The modern doorway arch, externally, has a dog-tooth moulding, with floriated finials.

    A History of Horncastle James Conway Walter
  • externally, it has nothing in common with the gloomy European prisons.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
British Dictionary definitions for externally

external

/ɪkˈstɜːnəl/
adjective
1.
of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
2.
coming or acting from without: external evidence from an independent source
3.
of or involving foreign nations; foreign
4.
of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
5.
(anatomy) situated on or near the outside of the body: the external ear
6.
(education) denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate's place of study
7.
(Austral & NZ) (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
8.
(philosophy) (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
noun
9.
(often pl) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
10.
(Austral & NZ) a student taking an extramural subject
Derived Forms
externally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin externus outward, from exterus on the outside, from ex out of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for externally

external

adj.

early 15c. (implied in externalle), from Middle French externe or directly from Latin externus "outside, outward" (from exterus; see exterior) + -al (1). This version won out over exterial. Related: Externally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
externally in Medicine

external ex·ter·nal (ĭk-stûr'nəl)
adj.
Abbr. ext.
Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for external

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for externally

20
22
Scrabble Words With Friends