1 adj External is used to indicate that something is on the outside of a surface or body, or that it exists, happens, or comes from outside.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: internal)
...a much reduced heat loss through external walls., ...internal and external allergic reactions.
externally adv usu ADV with v
Vitamins can be applied externally to the skin., ...externally imposed conditions.
2 adj External means involving or intended for foreign countries.
...the commissioner for external affairs., ...Jamaica's external debt., ...the republic's external borders.
externally adv usu ADV after v
...protecting the value of the mark both internally and externally.
3 adj External means happening or existing in the world in general and affecting you in some way.
...a reaction to external events..., Such events occur only when the external conditions are favorable.
4 adj External experts, for example external examiners, come into an organization from outside in order to do a particular job fairly and impartially, or to check that a particular job was done properly.
(mainly BRIT) ADJ n
externally adv ADV -ed
There must be externally moderated tests.
5 If medicine is for external use, it is intended to be used only on the outside of your body, and not to be eaten or drunk.
for external use phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
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