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external
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

13 uses
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exact meaning not specified
Definition
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
  • Previously I was discussing his world of underlying form, or at least the aspect of it called technology, from an external view.
    Part 1 (74% in)
  • This imitation seemed to be an external compulsion.
    Part 3 (4% in)
  • He would need no external pushing to learn.
    Part 3 (8% in)
  • Every step's an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.
    Part 3 (18% in)
  • I think it's important now to tie care to Quality by pointing out that care and Quality are internal and external aspects of the same thing.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • Thus, if the problem of technological hopelessness is caused by absence of care, both by technologists and antitechnologists; and if care and Quality are external and internal aspects of the same thing, then it follows logically that what really causes technological hopelessness is absence of the perception of Quality in technology by both technologists and antitechnologists.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • It has no direct relationship to external circumstances.
    Part 3 (76% in)
  • The first type is those in which you're thrown off the Quality track by conditions that arise from external circumstances, and I call these "setbacks.
    Part 3 (84% in)
  • I'll take up the externally caused setbacks first.
    Part 3 (84% in)
  • Next to misassemblies and intermittents I think the most common external gumption trap is the parts setback.
    Part 3 (86% in)
  • But although setbacks are the commonest gumption traps they're only the external cause of gumption loss.
    Part 3 (87% in)
  • The pre-Socratic philosophers mentioned so far all sought to establish a universal Immortal Principle in the external world they found around them.
    Part 4 (55% in)

There are no more uses of "external" flagged with this meaning in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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  • It results in part from lack of kinesthesia, a failure to realize that although the externals of a cycle are rugged, inside the engine are delicate precision parts which can be easily damaged by muscular insensitivity.
    Part 3 (97% in)

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