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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

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.
Cory Booker

I have lived by one crucial principle since I was 24 years old. I don't blame or complain about things like the economy, the government, taxes, employees, gas prices, or any of the external things that I don't have control over. The only thing I have control over is my response to these things.
Jack Canfield

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

Weight, force and casual impulse, together with resistance, are the four external powers in which all the visible actions of mortals have their being and their end.
Leonardo da Vinci
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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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