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English definition of “external”

external

adjective uk   /ɪkˈstɜː.nəl/ us    /-ˈstɝː-/
B2 of, on, for, or coming from the outside: the external walls of the house Female kangaroos carry their young in pouches that are external to their bodies. This cream is for external use only (= it must not be put inside the body). In later years, his paintings began to show a number of external influences (= influences coming from other people). Most news magazines have a section devoted to external affairs (= foreign news). You shouldn't judge people by their external appearances (= what they appear to be like).
See also
From, out and outside
externally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Externally the house is in need of repair. Externally she appeared calm, but inside she was furious.From, out and outside
(Definition of external from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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