exterior

adjective
ex·​te·​ri·​or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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 After Blueprint Robotics has completed its work, insulation will be added, along with interior and exterior finishes. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Connecticut Ave. apartment components were built in a Baltimore factory," 27 June 2020 There have been a few exterior tweaks, the addition of some useful productivity features, bigger touchscreens, and the addition of a hybrid powertrain. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Pickup Is Less of an Overhaul Than We Expected," 26 June 2020 Also on sale is the brand's classic M.A.C. Crossbody bag, which boasts tons of room for storage thanks to four interior pockets and one exterior zippered compartment while still maintaining a manageably compact size. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Rebecca Minkoff is having a huge sample sale—and it's up to 75% off," 26 June 2020 Constructed with Bluetooth compatibility, LED interior and exterior lights, and a 7-color chromo therapy light, using the sauna may just become the highlight of your day. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Saunas Make the Perfect Addition to Your Home Gym or Spa," 25 June 2020 More people may prefer a low-rise building with exterior corridors and stairs to avoid elevators. oregonlive, "Portland’s pandemic-era apartment buildings: Tenants win with rent incentives, but gyms may go away," 25 June 2020 The exterior design features stone, brick, and hardie-board siding. al, "Church set to start construction in Trussville," 25 June 2020 The truck's exterior design is also new, but retains the F-150's trademark squarish upright stature. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's powerful new F-150 offers fully reclining seats, a bottle opener, and a hybrid option," 25 June 2020 Rather than mapping the external world and constructing an accurate representation of it in the brain, our sense of smell seems to involve a continuous, ever-shifting negotiation between our interior and exterior lives. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The masks come in many designs — including dinosaurs, planets and hearts — and have four filtration layers: a textile exterior, replaceable fiber filter, a cloth layer and a 100-percent cotton inner layer. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Face masks for kids and how to buy them, according to experts," 18 June 2020 Even items on the exterior ended up to be pretty challenging. cleveland, "Developers ask Beachwood for TIF deal on proposed $25 million apartment plan," 16 June 2020 To sell this idea, the shop installed security camera equipment on the SUV's exterior and removed the gauge cluster. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 Sieg is known for several projects around Lousiville, including a mural on the exterior of Joe Ley's Antiques and most recently, a mural on Petro Towery at 813 Finzer St., commissioned through Fund for the Arts 2019 Mural Festival. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Say their name. Louisville's newest murals pay tribute to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd," 12 June 2020 Every body panel but the roof is new, an expensive change that delivers all-new looks in an attractive, understated exterior. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Volkswagen Passat upgrades help it leap ahead of the competition," 11 June 2020 Some had placed a hand on the gray exterior of the police building, including Marcus Green, 26, of Oakland and prayed. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Rage gives way to grief and hope in Bay Area protests," 9 June 2020 Now, the traditional style home stands out with its gray-blue exterior and its 10,612 square feet of space. Dallas News, "Take a look inside this renovated, blue-hued Beverly Drive home with elements of its 1928 origin," 3 June 2020 The Filet Mignon steaks have more fat on the exterior, which better holds in juices and adds richness and flavor to the lush tenderness of this classic. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Father’s Day deals offer savings on grills, accessories, meat," 3 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for exterior

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The first known use of exterior was in 1528

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exterior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exterior. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for exterior

exterior

adjective
How to pronounce exterior (audio)

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 How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

Medical Definition of exterior

: being on an outside surface : situated on the outside

Other Words from exterior

exteriorly adverb

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