External
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. [1913 Webster]

Of all external things, . . . She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate from the perceiving mind. [1913 Webster]

3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral. [1913 Webster]

Her virtues graced with external gifts. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial. [1913 Webster]

The external circumstances are greatly different. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations; as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom. [1913 Webster]

6. (Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral. [1913 Webster]

{External angles}. (Geom.) See under {Angle}. [1913 Webster]


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