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

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

But amongst all of this exterior adaptation, the interior of the car must also evolve. Thomas Ingenlath For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Electric vehicles will change how all cars look forever," 2 Sep. 2019 Firefighters encountered bars on exterior doors and windows and an interior door and metal gate blocking a hallway. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. mayor supports agency that failed to intervene before a deadly fire," 28 Aug. 2019 Garages with flat floors and exterior ramps, rather than interior ramps, can more easily be converted to commercial uses or housing. Constantine Samaras, The Conversation, "Bargain-hunting robocars could spell the end for downtown parking – cities need to plan ahead now," 23 Aug. 2019 The historic exterior doors will be replaced with modernized doors and the ones leading into the building will be brought inside, making them easier to preserve. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "First look at renovation of old Boynton Beach High School | PHOTOS," 23 Aug. 2019 Infrastructure and safety upgrades include two new elevators, updated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and new exterior wall insulation. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver Art Museum details “phased” reopenings starting in June 2020," 18 Aug. 2019 At least 15 people in Santa Barbara County and 35 in the city of Los Angeles have purchased the spray treatment for their homes, which is meant to cover exterior walls at a cost of $3.50 per square foot, Feuer said. Los Angeles Times, "Company’s wildfire protection spray doesn’t work as advertised, prosecutors say," 6 Aug. 2019 One of the homes, the French country-style La Maison built by West Hills Homes Northwest, has exterior walls coated in time-consuming, true stucco and clad in stone, a look inspired by rural European estates. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: French country house with a striking copper porch roof," 6 Aug. 2019 The cells here are outward facing, opening toward exterior walls. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "‘Shawshank’ 25th anniversary: How movie redeemed Mansfield’s notorious Ohio State Reformatory," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the rounds struck a separate apartment, bore through the exterior wall and struck one of the residents. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Innocent bystander shot in the head while inside Tuscaloosa apartment," 4 Sep. 2019 An investigation found the fire started in an exterior wall of the building that surrounds a staircase. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Fire at Loafers Bar and Grill in Catonsville still under investigation," 4 Sep. 2019 In recent weeks, the white exterior walls of the 91-year-old store at South Santa Fe Avenue and Guajome Street had become the unfortunate canvas for a tagging war between rival street vandals. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Neighbors pitch in to rescue historic Vista business from taggers," 14 Aug. 2019 Unlike most contemporary farmhouses with white exterior walls, here, vertical planks are painted gray. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: A modern farmhouse with a Tuscan twist and water-wise landscaping," 13 Aug. 2019 The night his father came, the actor was outside looking at the new artwork put up on the exterior wall of the theater by his friend, the perpetually sunglasses-wearing French photographer JR. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "In a New Broadway Play, Jake Gyllenhaal Attempts Something Radical: Normalcy," 8 Aug. 2019 The courtyard will also be more open because an exterior wall of the annex is being torn down. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "New Ideal changes loft plans," 16 July 2019 The demonstrators then tore down part of a glass and metal exterior wall of the government building, carrying away the long strips of metal framework. Fox News, "Hong Kong demonstrators smash government building amid protests on anniversary of return of Chinese rule," 2 July 2019 All rooms, however, feature walk-in closets, marble bathrooms, and three floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls for spectacular sight lines over the Millahue Valley. Laura Neilson, Vogue, "At Chile’s Dreamiest New Hotel, Glass-Walled Bungalows Overlook Wine Country," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of exterior was in 1528

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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 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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