Definition of extramural in English:



  • 1British (of a course of study) arranged for people who are not full-time members of a university or other educational establishment.

    ‘extramural education’
    • ‘He was disappointed to hear that there were fewer opportunities for archaeology to thrive through extramural classes and continuing education.’
    • ‘I cracked open my extramural course material today, flicked through some pages, and promptly freaked out.’
    • ‘Can I say to the member opposite that correspondence teaching is essentially what the university in his own area is a specialist in - extramural teaching in a wide range of courses is exactly what it does.’
    • ‘At 12, he began extramural studies with Massey University, graduating three years later with a degree in mathematics and computer science.’
    • ‘The newer civic universities were also soon heavily involved in the work, later developing departments of extramural studies.’
    1. 1.1Additional to one's work or course of study.
      ‘extramural activities’
      • ‘The principles of academic freedom do not apply to extramural conduct.’
      • ‘Akani runs a feeding scheme and provides after school care with extramural activities such as sport, arts and drama, as well as trauma counselling when needed.’
      • ‘In the process the children were being deprived of a facility for their extramural activities.’
      • ‘Or, they should strike so as to affect only extramural activities.’
      • ‘Moreover, a 2.0 average allows the student to enter college preparatory courses and access extramural activities such as sports.’
  • 2Outside the walls or boundaries of a town or city.

    ‘the extramural cemetery in Brighton’
    • ‘The one burial of an adult in an extramural pit cannot be temporally related to the house despite its proximal location.’
    • ‘ANF accomplishes its mission through three major functions: nursing research grants, extramural projects/grants and fund-raising.’
    • ‘Dr. Stover is director of the Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research, and AIDS, one of three major extramural research divisions of NIMH.’
    • ‘Building instructional materials for the Internet requires significant time and effort; yet financial and professional rewards are typically attributed to extramural research funding, scientific publications, and patents.’
    • ‘In her leadership role, Gray will be responsible for the oversight of the more than 7,000 awards in NCI's extramural research portfolio.’
    • ‘A variation on this arrangement was prevalent in the western coastal colonies, but in these and other coastal cities Demeter's extramural sanctuaries usually faced not the sea, but the interior.’
    • ‘Many departmental faculty and researchers are recipients of over $14 million in annual extramural funding, and are acknowledged leaders in their fields.’
    • ‘NIDA's extramural research program supports a range of neuroscience and behavioral science research on the treatment and prevention of drug abuse.’
    • ‘Department of Agriculture intramural research will decline by 19 percent and extramural research grants will see a 28 percent cut.’
    • ‘The vast majority of academics evidently do without any extramural research funding or operate with minimal funding.’
    • ‘But as it develops additional sites or connections with extramural entities, it can add modules designed to handle such communications.’
    • ‘Like the Department of Defense, NIH relies heavily on peer-reviewed extramural and intramural research to solve problems requiring a discovery system of inquiry.’
    • ‘The US Army recently has taken a different approach to managing extramural research from the approaches discussed above.’
    • ‘A combination of closely managed extramural and intramural research efforts is needed to solve the immense technological challenges of the future.’
    • ‘Long-term, he sees the legacy of NIH's intramural research program and how that program may bridge to the extramural world as major topics for the Board.’
    • ‘According to the 1940 Statement of Principles, professors in their extramural utterances ‘should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.’’
    • ‘Testing in 1996, 1997, and 1999 was designed to avoid excavation of burials and consequently revealed only that several additional extramural areas of the residential zone contain burials.’
    • ‘A number of research projects receive support from extramural grants, and researchers in each subdiscipline conduct their own special investigations.’


Mid 19th century (in extramural): from Latin extra muros outside the walls + -al.