[syn: inner, internal, intimate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Internal \In*tern"al\, a. [L. internus; akin to interior. See
1. Inward; interior; being within any limit or surface;
inclosed; -- opposed to external; as, the internal parts
of a body, or of the earth.
2. Derived from, or dependent on, the thing itself; inherent;
as, the internal evidence of the divine origin of the
3. Pertaining to its own affairs or interests; especially,
(said of a country) domestic, as opposed to foreign; as,
internal trade; internal troubles or war.
4. Pertaining to the inner being or the heart; spiritual.
With our Savior, internal purity is everything.
5. Intrinsic; inherent; real. [R.]
The internal rectitude of our actions in the sight
of God. --Rogers.
6. (Anat.) Lying toward the mesial plane; mesial.
Internal angle (Geom.), an interior angle. See under
Internal gear (Mach.), a gear in which the teeth project
inward from the rim instead of outward.
Syn: Inner; interior; inward; inland; inside.
[1913 Webster] Internal-combustion
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: happening or arising or located within some limits or
especially surface; "internal organs"; "internal
mechanism of a toy"; "internal party maneuvering" [ant:
2: occurring within an institution or community; "intragroup
squabbling within the corporation" [syn: internal,
3: inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader
responsibilities than the United States Department of the
Interior"; "the nation's internal politics" [syn: home(a),
interior(a), internal, national]
4: located inward; "Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody
record of a tremendous inner battle"- Leonard Bernstein; "she
thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is
that she has no access to it"- David Denby; "an internal
sense of rightousness"- A.R.Gurney,Jr. [syn: inner,
5: innermost or essential; "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the
internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate
structure of matter" [syn: inner, internal, intimate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "internal":
bosom, center, central, cerebral, conceptive, conceptual, core,
deep, deep-seated, deepest recesses, endopsychic, esoteric, gut,
heart, heart of hearts, home, immanent, implanted, implicit,
inalienable, indoor, indwelling, infixed, ingrained, inherent,
inland, inmost, inner, inner landscape, inner life, inner man,
inner nature, inner recess, inner self, innermost, inside,
intellectual, intelligent, interior, interior man, intern,
intestine, intimate, intrados, intrinsic, inward, inwrought,
irreducible, mental, municipal, national, native, noetic,
noological, penetralia, phrenic, private, psychic, psychologic,
rational, reasoning, recesses, resident, secret, secret place,
secret places, soul, spiritual, subjective, thinking, unalienable,
unchallengeable, unquestionable, visceral, vital center, vitals