exterior

adjective
ex·te·ri·or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər \

Definition of exterior 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being on an outside surface : situated on the outside

2 : observable by outward signs his exterior quietness is belied by an occasional nervous twitchCurrent Biography

3 : suitable for use on outside surfaces

exterior

noun

Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an exterior part or surface : outside

b : outward manner or appearance

2 : a representation (as on stage or film) of an outdoor scene also : a scene filmed outdoors

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Other words from exterior

Adjective

exteriorly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for exterior

Synonyms: Adjective

external, outer, outside, outward

Synonyms: Noun

face, outside, shell, skin, surface, veneer

Antonyms: Adjective

inner, inside, interior, internal, inward

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

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Examples of exterior in a Sentence

Adjective

the house's exterior walls badly need to be painted

Noun

The building has a rather plain exterior. the exterior of the tooth consists of very hard enamel
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Universal Concrete manufactured more than 1,500 panels used to build exterior walls at five of the six new stations for Phase 2 of the project, which will extend the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Virginia, U.S. sue company behind defective Metro Silver Line concrete," 9 July 2018 That ensures you’ll be covered for the strongest roof connections, hurricane-resistant garage and exterior doors and impact glass all around. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 The series was shot in California and Georgia, nowhere near Missouri, in rather generic exterior locations. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Sharp Objects' review: a riveting Amy Adams solves a gone-girls murder mystery," 5 July 2018 The Kona’s exterior styling is disjointed, with odd elements that seem as though they were pulled from other vehicles. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The design of the site, with fewer exterior doors and a single point of entry, is designed to increase security. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "First Folsom elementary in over a decade will have enhanced security and innovative class spaces | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 Here is what's going on there: New Meadow View school (Photo: Submitted) Since the June 1 groundbreaking ceremony, construction crews have started exterior wall footings, and structures are becoming visible in the area housing the new gym. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New addition to Ixonia Elementary School should be ready for the upcoming school year," 9 July 2018 Their internal frameworks of structural steel meant that exterior walls no longer needed to support the majority of a building’s weight. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "For July 4th, four architectural freedoms," 2 July 2018 On the exterior walls of the post office, Alex saw a few new brochures for suicide hotlines and free mental-health counseling. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An exterior wall around the expansive, nearly wrap-around deck provides privacy and allows the entryway to function as an extension of the living space. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 Beckman said someone used an unknown tool to cut through an exterior wall and tunneled into the business. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Police search for man suspected of tunneling into Costa Mesa pharmacy and stealing drugs and cash," 25 June 2018 Names of the 49 who died in the attack are displayed on the club’s exterior wall and new landscaping and seating grace the memorial. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Downtown Orlando Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona screens films on an exterior wall, and always has an impressive roster: Call Me By Your Name, West Side Story, and Lion are all on the July lineup. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Champs-Elysées Is Turning into a Giant Movie Theater," 15 June 2018 That’s when the exterior walls were faced with the kind of panels that are ubiquitous, cheap, and so dangerous that their presence now serves as an excuse to tear down and replace social housing projects all over the U.K. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.," 14 June 2018 Several rounds went through the exterior wall, then through two interior walls. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Inside A Coventry Home, Mayhem As Bullets Fly," 2 June 2018 Outside, the street is submerged and waves of water are hammering the exterior walls of buildings, ripping out windows. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "How Ellicott City flooded: A timeline," 1 June 2018 Garnica's portrait is on the exterior wall of a bus terminal in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, where urban art is often displayed in murals. Almudena Calatrava, The Christian Science Monitor, "Argentines use murals to draw awareness to missing children," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of exterior

Adjective

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exterior

Adjective

Latin, comparative of exter, exterus being on the outside, foreign, from ex

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Phrases Related to exterior

exterior/outside door

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The first known use of exterior was in 1528

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More Definitions for exterior

exterior

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exterior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located on the outside of something

: suited for use on outside surfaces

: shown on the outside or surface

exterior

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

: an outer part or surface

: the way someone looks or seems to other people : a person's outward appearance

exterior

adjective
ex·te·ri·or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər \

Kids Definition of exterior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

exterior

noun

Kids Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an external part or surface the building's exterior

2 : the way someone appears His tough exterior hides a soft heart.

exterior

adjective
ex·te·ri·or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər \

Medical Definition of exterior 

: being on an outside surface : situated on the outside

Other words from exterior

exteriorly adverb

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