in·​doors | \ˈin-ˈdȯrz, (ˌ)in-\

Definition of indoors 

: in or into a building

Examples of indoors in a Sentence

The game will be played indoors. He worked indoors all afternoon. We went indoors when it began to rain.
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By then, Thai officials had moved the relatives indoors to a private area, and the throng of journalists covering the search have mostly been kept from speaking to them. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Turns to How to Extract Trapped Soccer Team," 3 July 2018 In case of rain, the entertainment will be moved indoors at 51 Walden St.. Visit ., "Reenacting passage of the Declaration of Independence, a grand pet parade, and young actors hit the stage," 28 June 2018 In the event of rain, concert will move indoors and be limited to the first 50 people. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Arts listings for May 11-17: Disney's "Aladdin" at Playhouse Square & More," 10 May 2018 Last season, due to rain, Samford's fourth-annual Media Home Run Derby was moved indoors to the Bulldogs' pristine J.T. Haywood Hitting Facility where Mark Prater won the highly-competitive hitting contest. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball to host Media Home Run Derby Thursday," 2 May 2018 Transplant to containers and move indoors for winter harvests. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 On rainy days, yoga will be held indoors at the Downriver Council for the Arts at 81 Chestnut Street. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of July 1 and beyond," 1 July 2018 During the cooldown period after the heat wave, the differences continued, the researchers said, warning that the effects of a heat wave linger in buildings — and American adults spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Martin Finucane,, "Harvard study finds that during heat waves, people can’t think straight," 10 July 2018 Farmshelf sells hydroponic growing systems, bookshelf-like units that come complete with everything needed to grow herbs and vegetables indoors, from seeds and nutrients to the LED lights that provide artificial sunlight. Nicole Zelniker, USA TODAY, "Startup Farmshelf aims to let restaurants, homeowners grow their own veggies," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of indoors

1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of indoors

: in, inside, or into a building


in·​doors | \ˈin-ˈdȯrz \

Kids Definition of indoors

: in or into a building These games are played indoors.

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