in·​side | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , ˈin-ˌsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) \

Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : an interior or internal part or place : the part within
b : inward nature, thoughts, or feeling
c : viscera, entrails usually used in plural
2 : an inner side or surface
3a : a position of power, trust, or familiarity only someone on the inside could have told
b : confidential information has the inside on what happened at the convention
4 : the area nearest a specified or implied point of reference: such as
a : the side of home plate nearest the batter
b : the middle portion of a playing area
c : the area near or underneath the basket in basketball



Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side
2 : in or into the interior stayed inside during the storm
3 : to or on the inside
4 : in prison



Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being on or near the inside an inside pitch
2a : relating or known to a select group inside information



Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1a : in or into or as if in or into the interior of waited inside the church
b : on the inner side of just inside the door
2 : within inside an hour

Synonyms & Antonyms for inside

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of inside in a Sentence

Noun The inside of the church is quite beautiful. I've never seen the inside of a computer before. Adverb I cleaned my car inside and out. The candy is chewy inside. We went inside during the storm. Step inside and look at our menu. He got put inside for burglary. Adjective the inside edge of her foot He gave us an inside view of the situation. I got the inside story from a friend who works there. Preposition We waited inside the store. Several people were trapped inside the burning building. She kept her hands inside her pockets. His feelings were building up inside him. He lives inside the city limits. Sources inside the company indicate that there are disagreements about the change in management. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But all of that ended when 80-to-1 Rich Strike shot through the inside for one of the most stunning Derby victories anyone has ever witnessed. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 There is an invisible condition that many survivors of eating disorders face: looking healthy, eating and acting healthy, while on the inside continuing to wage a battle. The New Yorker, 19 May 2022 The outer cover is removable for easy washing, and the inside is filled with glass beads. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 While the exterior is inspired by Mediterranean villas, the inside takes a modern turn. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 The inside has layers of blush pink specks, while the outside is raw and coarse, which reinforces the uniqueness of each piece. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 10 May 2022 Specialized cells within the eel’s electric organ pump ions across a semipermeable membrane barrier to produce an electrical charge difference between the inside versus the outside of the membrane. Timothy J. Jorgensen, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 The twister's winds ripped open the French doors at the back of the home, slathering the inside with mud and leaves, and nearly sucking out the closet door — and Pudenz — in the process. William Deshazer For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 Rich Strike started from the outside gate in the 20-horse field of 3-year-olds, but immediately broke for the inside as the colts on his left ran hard early. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There were wire tunnels extending from the house to this outdoor room, with cats scooting along inside. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 11 May 2022 When my cat put his paws on the ledge to peek inside, his weight was detected right away and cycling stopped. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 Little more than a half mile away on South Stricker Street, three Baltimore firefighters were killed in January after entering a burning vacant rowhouse that collapsed and trapped them inside. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 Open up wide for the potatoes and Mexican chorizo inside, topped with lettuce, cheese and cream. Terry Ward, CNN, 11 May 2022 Cromwell and another man, however, appeared to have stayed inside longer than other protesters, their hands stuck to the counter near the cash registers. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 10 May 2022 If the bottle itself doesn’t intrigue you, what’s hidden inside certainly should. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 The shelves inside are designed to prevent spills,and there is a door open alarm. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 An officer and Melchiondo's mother who then searched Nguyen's residence found the two boys inside with gunshot wounds to their heads. Jeff Truesdell,, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Clear Skin Daily Face & Body Wash cleanser contains salicylic acid to get inside pores and clean out debris to reduce blackheads, breakouts, and clear congestion. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Modern conversations take place at impressive dinner tables or inside cellars in wine and cognac country. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Leon eventually guided his mount between horses and to the inside rail. Beth Harris, ajc, 8 May 2022 Leon eventually guided his mount between horses and to the inside rail. Beth Harris, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Brandon Marsh took an 85-mph curveball from Josiah Gray that was an inch off the inside corner in the fourth inning Saturday night, the Angels left fielder’s ability to lay off the 1-and-1 pitch putting him ahead instead of behind in the count. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Veteran Nashville, Tennessee, journalist Moss tells the inside story of the past two decades of women in country music and how artists like Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Kacey Musgraves charted their paths to stardom in a traditional boys' club. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 MADISON - Bill Sheridan, named Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach on Feb. 22 after coaching the defensive line at Air Force the previous two seasons, reportedly violated NCAA rules at Air Force. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 Ivar, with Joe Talamo aboard, will break from the inside gate. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The 6-3, 190-pound senior, who has been timed at 6.35 seconds in the 60-yard dash, was rounding third with a shot at a potential inside-the-park home run. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 He is accused of setting off a smoke bomb before firing 33 rounds from a pistol inside a subway car. James Fanelli, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Another incident took place in January 2020 on the reactor refueling floor — a cavernous space high up inside the building that houses the reactor, along with the gargantuan steel-and-concrete structures that protect its core. Douglas Macmillan, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 First arriving fire companies reported a single vehicle on its hood with two occupants trapped inside the vehicle. The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Iron Range whose entire populace could have fit inside the Harvard Stadium colonnade. John Powers,, 13 May 2022 The upshot is more evidence of disintegrating conditions inside Georgia prisons, where short staffing and other issues have led to violence and brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 13 May 2022 When attached at either end to a circuit such as a light bulb, the zinc inside reacts with the manganese dioxide and loses electrons. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 In next week's primaries in battleground states, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Trumpism is brawling with itself inside the Republican Party. Byrick Klein,averi Harper, ABC News, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inside


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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in·​side | \ in-ˈsīd How to pronounce inside (audio) , ˈin-ˌsīd \

Kids Definition of inside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an inner side, surface, or space the inside of a box
2 : the inner parts of a person or animal usually used in pl.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the inner side I cleaned my car inside and out.
2 : in or into the interior Go inside.



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : relating to or being on or near the inside an inside wall
2 : relating or known to a certain few people inside information



Kids Definition of inside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : to or on the inside of They are inside the house.
2 : before the end of : within I'll finish inside an hour.

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