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Definition of external
1belonging to or forming the outer surface or structure of something:the external walls relating to or denoting a medicine or similar substance for use on the outside of the body:for external application only 2coming or derived from a source outside the subject affected:for many people the church was a symbol of external authority coming from or relating to a foreign country or an outside institution:responsibility for defense and external affairs Computing (of hardware) not contained in the main computer; peripheral. Computing (of storage) using a disk or tape drive rather than the main memory.
the outward features of something:the place has all the appropriate externals, such as chimneys choked with ivy and windows with jasmine features that are only superficial; inessentials.