- Outside of something; on the exterior.
- This building has some external pipework.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 5”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Of all external things, […] / She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
- Her virtues graced with external gifts.
- Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying; superficial.
- The external circumstances are greatly different.
- Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations.
- external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom
- (anatomy) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
- Provided by something or someone outside of the entity (object, group, company etc.) considered.
- (not intrinsic nor essential) See also Thesaurus:extrinsic
- French: externe
- German: außen-, extern, äußerlich
- Italian: esterno
- Portuguese: externo
- Russian: вне́шний
- Spanish: externo
external (plural externals)
- (mostly, in the plural) The exterior; outward features or appearances.
- (programming) In the C programming language, a variable that is defined in the source code but whose value comes from some external source.