• WordNet 3.6
    • n externality the quality or state of being outside or directed toward or relating to the outside or exterior "the outwardness of the world"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The external tank on space shuttles is not painted. It is the only part of the shuttle that is lost after launch, so it is not necessary to worry about metal corrosion.
    • n Externality (Metaph) State of being external; exteriority "Pressure or resistance necessarily supposes externality in the thing which presses or resists."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chameleons change their color by dispersing the concentration of pigment in their skin. This is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Color changes are determined by external factors such as light and temperature as well as emotions. They do not change color to match their background.
    • n externality The state of being external. The state of being located outside or on the outside.
    • n externality Superficiality.
    • n externality An external; an outward rite, ceremony, or form.
    • n externality Undue regard to externals; the sacrifice of substance to form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Manta Rays have no external organs for urination, therefore they release the urine from their pores
    • Externality external character: superficiality: undue regard to externals
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.”
  • Plotinus
    “God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “The natural law of inertia: Matter will remain at rest or continue in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. externusexter.


In literature:

For this reason the work afforded a record of external features only.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
But also external forms and relations of an artificial nature must be established.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
Not one of our senses, absolutely none, is the revealer of external reality.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
Externally and superficially it is 'in the flesh,' really it is 'in faith.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
While, however, deaths from external primary haemorrhage were rare, a considerable number resulted from primary internal haemorrhage.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Get also the external skin to act thoroughly.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The female sex organs, also called the reproductive or generative organs, are divided into internal and external.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
He has, therefore, at every step to compare his own thought with the external fact.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Has Religion, Or Latria, Any External Acts?
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
Equilibrium is the Universal, or that which has nothing external to derange it.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort

In poetry:

There's wet snow on your lashes
And in your eyes, distress,
And your external image
Is all, all of apiece.
"Meeting" by Boris Pasternak
Q. What is the visible, external part
Of that blest feast, or Sacrament divine,
That seals the promis'd grace? tell me by heart —
Tell me, I say, what is its outward sign?
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
External and innate dimensions hold
The living forms, but not the force of life;
For that interior and holy tree
That in the heart of hearts outlives the world
Spreads earthly shade into eternity.
"Seed" by Kathleen Raine
What fields are as fragrant as your hands?
You feel how external fragrance stands
upon your stronger resistance.
Stars stand in images above.
Give me your mouth to soften, love;
ah, your hair is all in idleness.
"What Fields Are As Fragrant As Your Hands?" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"And that one is I; and I am projected from thee,
One that out of thy brain and heart thou causest to be -
Extern to thee nothing. Grieve not, nor thyself becall,
Woo where thou wilt; and rejoice thou canst love at all!
"Rome: The Vatican-Sala Delle Muse." by Thomas Hardy
"Pure art is here, that has no reference
To anything external does not tie
Itself to apron-strings of moral sense,
Or flatter bourgeois minds with mimicry
Of actual objects, or give weak assent
To fussy vanity or sentiment.
"The Idol" by George Rostrevor Hamilton

In news:

The CoolPulse ECM machine developed by Extrude Hone removes internal and external micro-burrs from metallic components, while also smoothing and polishing surfaces.
Throughout Elizabeth I's reign England was in constant danger both from external and internal threats.
Western Digital announces its smallest external drive with USB 3.0.
Western Digital today announced what it is calling its smallest external hard disk drive, the 500GB My Passport Edge, for both Macs and PCs.
Fix Inconsistent External Drive Letter.
The gate seals are accessible from the outside of the gate and are external to the product flow area.
Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software '10: The research firm's third social report says the EFSS market is "young but developing quickly".
The Government's external PR spend for this financial year will be halved to about £40m as ministers begin deep public spending cuts.
HUNTINGTON, Ala.--The City of Richmond's pilot External Alarm Interface Exchange project, which in 2008 underwent vetting by APCO and in 2009 became an American National Standard, has been put into action.
( Visible external features include being soft bodied and featuring tentacles, flat fins around the body, and large eyes.
Surrounding cases used to protect equipment against external conditions or to protect humans from contact with live parts.
The former chief of staff to Gov Brian Sandoval has been named special assistant to the president for external affairs at University of Nevada, Reno.
Internal and external collaboration .
An external review has found that for too long, Emerson College.
However, the BackUp Plus devices are good companions for any Mac as most of us don't need Thunderbolt's power to back-up our work or to connect an external drive.

In science:

It is worth mentioning that the model considered in this article covers, in particularly, both the case of i. i. d. random external fields (also known under the name of random field Curie-Weiss models) and the case of dependent random external fields generated by e. g.
Large deviations principle for Curie-Weiss models with random fields
In this paper, we are interested in the behaviour of Sn/n for so-called Curie-Weiss models with random fields, which are derived from the Curie-Weiss model by replacing the constant external field by local and random external fields which interact with each spin of the system.
Large deviations principle for Curie-Weiss models with random fields
It has two external (d − 1)-simplices of the same color which corresponds to the two external lines of the dual graph.
Multicritical tensor models and hard dimers on spherical random lattices
One isolates the two lines of color 0 as the external lines, and connect the other external lines which have the same color inserting U .
Multicritical tensor models and hard dimers on spherical random lattices
Since δQ is a measurement that is external to the system, then δQ/T is also a measurement external to the system.
Internal Heat Energy, Entropy and The Second Law: A New Approach to Theoretical Thermodynamics