out·​er | \ ˈau̇-tər How to pronounce outer (audio) \

Definition of outer

1 : existing independent of mind : objective outer reality
2a : situated farther out the outer limits
b : being away from a center the planet's outer rings
c : situated or belonging on the outside an outer covering

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outer


exterior, external, outside, outward


inner, inside, interior, internal, inward

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Examples of outer in a Sentence

the outer edges of the roof The package's outer covering was damaged. I removed the outer skin of the onion. Her inner turmoil was masked by an outer calm.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The base at Pinewood Group's Shepperton site in outer London dates back to the 1930s. Washington Post, "Qualcomm loses bid to pause antitrust ruling," 5 July 2019 In his work, brilliant red wine forms an outer-glass ballet, cheeseburger components are suspended in mid-air with militaristic precision and a cluster of French fries await a blast of torpedoing ketchup. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Modernist Cuisine Gallery opens in La Jolla," 4 July 2019 Chemical analysis of this outer layer revealed high levels of iron oxide, indicating a rapid change in the statue’s environment. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 To start the fourth, Roark left a 93-mph fastball on the outer half to Yelich, who hit it out the to left to cut the lead in half. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Heads-up baserunning by Yasiel Puig leads Reds to 5-4 win over Brewers in 11 innings," 3 July 2019 Lincoln's gentle, gregarious outer demeanor cloaks a fiery, resolute inner passion, played to perfection by Daniel Day-Lewis (Available to stream on Netflix). Scott Huver, CNN, "All-American double features to stream over the Fourth of July," 3 July 2019 The officers took off their outer shell vests, and began to mowing. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Baytown police officers take the lawn into their own hands, help out lady over-heated from mowing," 2 July 2019 The rinds, shorn of the outer skin, can be pickled or preserved. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to select (and utilize) melon," 2 July 2019 The cerebral cortex, which in humans is responsible for higher brain functions such as speech, perception, long-term memory and judgment, is the outer layer of the brain. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Gene mutation in the brain may be early clue to autism, study suggests," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of outer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for outer

Middle English, from out entry 4 + -er entry 1

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The first known use of outer was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of outer

: located on or toward the outside of something : not on or at the inside or center of something
: of or relating to a person's body or physical appearance rather than to a person's mind or spirit


out·​er | \ ˈau̇-tər How to pronounce outer (audio) \

Kids Definition of outer

: located on the outside or farther out I peeled off the onion's outer skin. Storms damaged the outer row of trees.

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