Hypertext Webster Gateway: "external"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Adam was then no less glorious in his externals

God in externals could not place content. --Pope.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Of all external things, . . . She [Fancy] forms
imaginations, aery shapes. --Milton.

2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate
from the perceiving mind.

3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as
distinguished from mental or moral.

Her virtues graced with external gifts. --Shak.

4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying;

The external circumstances are greatly different.

5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations;
as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of
a state or kingdom.

6. (Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.

{External angles}. (Geom.) See under {Angle}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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" [syn: {extraneous},
3: from or between other countries; "external commerce";
"international trade"; "developing nations need outside
help" [syn: {international}, {outside(a)}]
4: exogenous
5: purely outward or superficial; "external composure"; "an
external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
n : outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of

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