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Definition of External


  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.
  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.
  4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.
  5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom.
  6. Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
  7. Something external or without; outward part; that which makes a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; -- usually in the plural.

External Quotations

Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
Freya Stark

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Steve Jobs

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
Kurt Cobain

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.
Dale Carnegie

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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External Translations

external in Danish is ydre
external in Dutch is extern, buiten-, uitwendig, uiterlijk
external in French is externe
external in Italian is estrinseco
external in Latin is externus
external in Norwegian is ytre, utvendig, utenriks
external in Portuguese is externo
external in Spanish is exterior, externo, topico
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