from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or situated outside of the walls or boundaries, as of a community: the university's extramural courses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. taking place outside the walls of an institution, especially a school or university
  • adj. describing teaching of students who are not resident at such an institution

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Outside of the walls, as of a fortified or walled city.
  • adj. pertaining to activities, such as sports contests, that involve representatives from more than one school.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated without or beyond the walls, as of a fortified city or a university; hence, outside of the fixed limits or boundaries of a place: as, extramural interment; an extramural lecturer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. carried on outside the bounds of an institution or community


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  • He has been, and is active in extramural ways, such as serving on advisory councils, the Board of Appleby College, and being part of a federal task force which, in 1983, investigated the automotive industry in North America and urged a greater Canadian content in imported cars.

    On the Road to 2000

  • The UC President calls the extramural grant people

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  • The National Cancer Institute handed out $3.14 billion in so-called extramural grants in fiscal year 2008, a slight drop from 2007 and down from $3.25 billion in 2005.


  • The National Cancer Institute handed out $3.14 billion in so-called extramural grants in fiscal year 2008, a slight drop from 2007 and down from $3.25 billion in


  • Snooki's extramural activities have included participation in a tag-team bout on Wrestlemania (her team won) and a minor conviction (fine, community service) for being, in the words of the judge, "rude, profane, obnoxious, and self-indulgent" on a public beach when drunk.

    Other Comments

  • For mental stimulation, she taught extramural evening classes, reinforcing her belief that literature should not be a "closed shop".

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  • At the time, Senator John Edwards was sinking: He probably had overstayed his Iowa welcome, camping out in the Hawkeye State for more than a year (and fretting, we now know, over certain extramural activities).

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  • Sally Rockey, the agency's acting deputy director for extramural research, said in an interview that some of the topics listed involved research on "enormous public health issues" that the agency was obliged to address.

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  • Whenever I entered a new school, I “went out” for things I knew I was good at: the school paper, the drama club, painting posters and scenery, entering extramural speech competitions—and, of course, getting high grades.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • Pearl, who taught an extramural English course at home in the evenings, remembered sitting out on the terrace with her students to watch the moon rise over the pagoda beyond the garden wall.



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