from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.
- adj. Residing in or dependent on essential nature; intrinsic: the internal contradictions of the theory.
- adj. Located, acting, or effective within the body.
- adj. Of or relating to mental or spiritual nature: "An internal sense of righteousness dwindles into an external concern for reputation” ( A.R. Gurney, Jr.)
- adj. Of or relating to the domestic affairs of a nation, group, or business.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. inside of something
- adj. within the body
- adj. concerned with the domestic affairs of a nation, state or other political community.
- adj. concerned with the non-public affairs of a company or other organisation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inward; interior; being within any limit or surface; inclosed; -- opposed to
- adj. Derived from, or dependent on, the thing itself; inherent.
- adj. Pertaining to its own affairs or interests; especially, (said of a country) domestic, as opposed to
- adj. Pertaining to the inner being or the heart; spiritual.
- adj. Intrinsic; inherent; real.
- adj. Lying toward the mesial plane; mesial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated or comprised within, or in an inner part or place; inclosed; on the finite side of a bounding surface or line; within the outer boundary of; visceral.
- Pertaining to the subject itself, and independent, or relatively so, of other things. Thus, the internal affairs of a country are the affairs of its people with one another.
- Inner; pertaining to the mind, or to the relations of the mind to itself.
- In anatomy and zoology, in general, inner or interior; not superficial; deep-set; away from the surface or next to the axis of the body or of a part: as, the internal carotid or iliac artery; the internal head of the gastrocnemius.
- To be taken internally, as a medicine.
- Applied to a student who has studied in a college of an examining university, as opposed to an external student, or one who has studied in a college not belonging to that institution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. located inward
- adj. innermost or essential
- adj. occurring within an institution or community
- adj. inside the country
- adj. happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface
Middle English internall, from Old French internel, from Medieval Latin internālis, from Latin internus, from inter, within; see en in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin internālis ("of or pertaining to the inner part"), from Latin internus ("internal") + -ālis. (Wiktionary)