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 for external
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  External \Ex*ter"nal\, n.
     Something external or without; outward part; that which makes
     a show, rather than that which is intrinsic; visible form; --
     usually in the plural.
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           Adam was then no less glorious in his externals
                                                    --South.
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           God in externals could not place content. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  External \Ex*ter"nal\, a. [L. externus, fr. exter, exterus, on
     the outside, outward. See Exterior.]
     1. Outward; exterior; relating to the outside, as of a body;
        being without; acting from without; -- opposed to
        internal; as, the external form or surface of a body.
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              Of all external things, . . .
              She [Fancy] forms imaginations, aery shapes.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate
        from the perceiving mind.
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     3. Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as
        distinguished from mental or moral.
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              Her virtues graced with external gifts. --Shak.
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     4. Not intrinsic nor essential; accidental; accompanying;
        superficial.
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              The external circumstances are greatly different.
                                                    --Trench.
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     5. Foreign; relating to or connected with foreign nations;
        as, external trade or commerce; the external relations of
        a state or kingdom.
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     6. (Anat.) Away from the mesial plane of the body; lateral.
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     External angles. (Geom.) See under Angle.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  external
      adj 1: happening or arising or located outside or beyond some
             limits or especially surface; "the external auditory
             canal"; "external pressures" [ant: internal]
      2: coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera
         spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income";
         "disdaining outside pressure groups" [syn: external,
         extraneous, outside]
      3: from or between other countries; "external commerce";
         "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
         [syn: external, international, outside(a)]
      4: purely outward or superficial; "external composure"; "an
         external concern for reputation"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.
      n 1: outward features; "he enjoyed the solemn externals of
           religion"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "external":
     alien, apparent, border, circumference, cortex, cortical, covering,
     crust, envelope, epidermic, epidermis, exomorphic, exotic,
     exterior, extraneous, extraorganismal, extrinsic, facade, face,
     facet, foreign, fringe, front, impersonal, integument, lineaments,
     nonsubjective, objective, open, out, outer, outer face,
     outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outermost, outline, outlying,
     outmost, outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, over,
     perceptible, peripheral, periphery, public, rind, roundabout,
     seeming, shell, skin, superficial, superficies, superstratum,
     surface, top, visible
  
  

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