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ex·ter·nal

external

 
pronunciation:
ihk stuhr nl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of the outside or outer part; being outside.
He cleaned only the external surfaces of the oven.Cold-blooded animals need warmth from external sources like the sun.
synonyms:
exterior, outer, outermost, outside, outward
antonyms:
inner, internal
similar words:
outlying, peripheral, right, surface
definition 2: of the visible part.
They seem to care only about external beauty.
 
synonyms:
perceptible, superficial, surface, visible
similar words:
outer, outside, outward, right
definition 3: of that which is superficial or for show.
Her generosity is only external and designed to impress others.
synonyms:
superficial, surface
antonyms:
internal
similar words:
apparent, obvious, ostensible, outward
definition 4: outside national boundaries, esp. in regard to commerce or governmental relations; foreign.
External trade has slowed this year.The country fears its external enemies.
synonyms:
alien, foreign
antonyms:
domestic, internal
similar words:
exotic, international, strange
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything that is external.
The external of the building is accented with Greek columns.
synonyms:
outside
similar words:
fašade, front, outward
definition 2: (pl.) outside parts or features; superficial parts.
One's looks are just externals; they don't define the person you are inside.
synonyms:
nonessentials
similar words:
casing, cover, frame, shell, surface
derivation: externally (adv.)
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The word external contains the following part:
extr-, extra-, exter- Latin prefix that means on the outside, beyond
synonyms:
ec, ect, ecto, exo-, ex-