[ik-stur-nl] /ɪkˈstɜr nl/
of or relating to the outside or outer part; outer:
an external surface.
Medicine/Medical. to be applied to the outside of a body, as a remedy:
for external use only.
situated or being outside something; acting or coming from without:
pertaining to the outward or visible appearance or show:
external acts of worship.
pertaining to or concerned with foreign countries:
external affairs; external commerce.
Zoology, Anatomy. on the side farthest from the body, the median line, or the center of a radially symmetrical form.
Metaphysics. of or relating to the world of things, considered as independent of the perceiving mind:
the outside; outer surface; .
something that is external.
externals, external features, circumstances, etc.; outward appearance; superficialities.
of, situated on, or suitable for the outside; outer
coming or acting from without: external evidence from an independent source
of or involving foreign nations; foreign
of, relating to, or designating a medicine that is applied to the outside of the body
(anatomy) situated on or near the outside of the body: the external ear
(education) denoting assessment by examiners who are not employed at the candidate’s place of study
(Austral & NZ) (of a student) studying a university subject extramurally
(philosophy) (of objects, etc) taken to exist independently of a perceiving mind
(often pl) an external circumstance or aspect, esp one that is superficial or inessential
(Austral & NZ) a student taking an extramural subject
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.
external ex·ter·nal (ĭk-stûr’nəl)
Relating to, connected with, or existing on the outside; exterior.
- External machine interface
protocol (EMI) A protocol primarily used to connect to short message service centres for mobile telephones. EMI is an extension to Universal Computer Protocol (UCP). EMI was was developed by CMG, now a part of LogicaCMG, the current SMSC market leader. Each byte of the message is encoded as two hexadecimal characters using an encoding […]
- External memory
storage A vague term for slower, non-volatile storage, usually magnetic disk, in contrast to main memory which is usually volatile semiconductor RAM. [Jargon File] (1997-02-17)
- External nasal vein
external nasal vein n. Any of several vessels that drain the external nose and empty into the angular vein or the facial vein.
- External obturator muscle
external obturator muscle n. A muscle with origin from the margin of the obturator foramen and the adjacent surface of the obturator membrane, with insertion into fossa of the greater trochanter, with nerve supply from the obturator nerve, and whose action rotates the thigh laterally.