interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \in-ˈtir-ē-ər \

Definition of interior 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lying, occurring, or functioning within the limiting boundaries : inner an interior point of a triangle

2 : belonging to mental or spiritual life a simple interior piety

3 : belonging to the inner constitution or concealed nature of something interior meaning of a poem

4 : lying away or remote from the border or shore

interior

noun

Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the inner or spiritual nature : character

2 : the interior part (as of a country or island)

3 : the internal or inner part of a thing : inside

4 : the internal affairs of a state or nation

5 : a representation (as in a play or movie) of the interior of a building

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Other Words from interior

Adjective

interiorly \ in-​ˈtir-​ē-​ər-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for interior

Synonyms: Adjective

cerebral, inner, intellectual, internal, mental, psychological (also psychologic)

Synonyms: Noun

innards, inside, within

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmental

Antonyms: Noun

exterior, outside

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Examples of interior in a Sentence

Adjective

a large car with lots of interior room the novel's characters have plenty of adventures, but their interior lives are never explored

Noun

a black car with gray leather interior the interior of the house They traveled deep into the interior of Australia.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nearly three dozen firefighters have died when crews failed to properly coordinate an interior fire attack with air flow. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The interior plastics have an appealing appearance and are free of rough edges. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 While the perception of interior pass-rushing value can change, Oliver is monstrous and can impact a game from five positions. Conor Orr, SI.com, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 It was shaped like an egg with an interior clay lining and an exterior of solid steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The Enquirer/Sheila Vilvens) The addition of more interior doors will further improve service times, Deimling said. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Fire station renovations could mean quicker service for Union Township," 9 July 2018 The frozen research material appears to have been pushed out of the transport container, after the latch failed, due to pressure from a secondary interior container holding dry ice, Willis said. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Tuberculosis spilled at Hopkins because latch failed," 7 July 2018 The interior offers intimate farmhouse vibes, with sensible updates like new windows marble countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Restored 1756 Martha’s Vineyard farmhouse asks $2.25M," 10 July 2018 The bird is cooked over high heat for 10 minutes to produce the bronzed, crisp skin while leaving the interior medium-rare. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exterior and interior have been restyled, and the new model has a 147-horsepower electric motor, up from the previous 107 horsepower. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Nissan Leaf has extendedrangeon full charge to about 150 miles," 22 June 2018 Its exterior and interior seem leagues ahead of anything the Internet's favorite car company has given us so far. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget about that Tesla—the Jaguar I-Pace is the most compelling EV yet," 14 June 2018 Besides mapping earthquakes, Rowe thinks the cable networks could sharpen pictures of Earth's interior. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "Seafloor cables that carry the world’s internet traffic can also detect earthquakes," 14 June 2018 While no photos of the train's interior have been shared today, reporter Omid Scobie posted an older peek inside on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Depart from the Royal Train," 14 June 2018 Original owner Charles Christopher Mengel would return from traveling around the world with different species of wood that still make up parts of the three-story home's interior today. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 Before each trip, renters are prompted to take photos of the exterior and interior of the vehicle, noting any damage. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Airbnb for cars? Getaround app lets users rent cars from strangers by the hour," 4 June 2018 Here’s a sampling of images of the exterior and interior of the building at 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: The Los Angeles Times building at 1st and Spring," 3 June 2018 Major renovations to the exterior and interior included replacing 70-year-old wiring and installing energy-efficient fixtures and plumbing to 21st century standards. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "A classsic reborn," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of interior

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interior

Adjective

Middle French & Latin; Middle French interiore, from Latin, comparative of Old Latin *interus inward, on the inside; akin to Latin inter

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interior

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located on the inside of something

: suited for use in the inside or on inside surfaces

: occurring in the mind

interior

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

: an inner part, area, or surface

: the part of a country that is far from the coast

: the events and activities of a country that involve the country itself rather than foreign countries

interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \in-ˈtir-ē-ər \

Kids Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being or occurring inside something : inner interior walls

2 : far from the border or shore : inland

interior

noun

Kids Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the inner part of something the box's interior

2 : the inland part the island's interior

interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \in-ˈtir-ē-ər \

Medical Definition of interior 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: lying, occurring, or functioning within limiting boundaries

interior

noun

Medical Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

: the internal or inner part or cavity of a thing

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