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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

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

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

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

That human behavior is more influenced by things outside of us than inside. The 'situation' is the external environment. The inner environment is genes, moral history, religious training.
Philip Zimbardo
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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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