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

The attractions to active-adult communities include a lock-and-leave lifestyle with numerous amenities, and provided landscape and exterior maintenance. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Seniors & home buying: What guides seniors in their purchase decisions?," 23 Apr. 2018 Living in the 1424 Grand units will cost $155 monthly, which includes services such as water, exterior maintenance, snow removal and common insurance. Susan Moskop, chicagotribune.com, "Two town homes under $700,000 offer vertical living or verdant landscaping," 12 July 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The building where Craig and company will soon be serving up burgers, fries, and craft beer has been repainted and adorned with car hubcaps on the exterior. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Hubcap Grill's new Seabrook location edges closer to opening," 18 June 2018 If that’s not enough opulence for you, there’s plenty on the exterior. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Got $360K burning a hole in your pocket? Check out the Range Rover SV Coupe," 16 June 2018 The whole concept behind it is taking the interior and showcasing it on the exterior. Kari Hamanaka | Wwd, latimes.com, "Converse, Midnight Studios throw a bash in the Bodega," 14 June 2018 Part of the old hardware store’s signage still hangs on the exterior of the red-brick building. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "In Louisville's Parkland neighborhood, the scars of 1968 riots are still visible," 26 May 2018 Other changes include fresh paint on the exterior, and, possibly, more elevators. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s a wrap!’: Crews reveal Space Needle’s new-and-improved observation deck," 18 May 2018 On the exterior, the front adaptive, full-LED headlights shine like cuff links; the strong lines hint at capable athleticism underneath the hood. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "BMW’s Modest X3 Crossover Should Be One of Its Brightest Stars," 7 May 2018 The dog-mushing murals on the exterior of the blue building could get covered by the brick facade, or redone, Boring said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s version of Pike Place Market? That’s one idea for this spot downtown," 6 May 2018 That griminess is a sticky feeling on the exterior, a tell-tale sign that the jacket is ready for the trash. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "How to Tell When to Retire That Rain Shell," 30 Apr. 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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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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