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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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 Two of the owls were on the outer break wall off the East 9th Street pier, two were in the waste lagoon area north of Burke Lakefront Airport and a fifth was in a parking lot just north of FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Cleveland Browns play. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 Their collective goal, however, would be to explore the outer heliosphere and interstellar space. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 Generally, those living in outer suburbia and rural areas will pay less than motorists in large urban areas where there is a greater probability of getting into a wreck and/or having a car get damaged or stolen. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Located on the outer side of your butt, the glute med is part of a group of muscles called hip abductors, which are responsible for moving your legs to the side and away from your body, as SELF previously reported. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 4 Jan. 2022 Made with a soft fleece interior lining and an outer waterproof coat, the harness is perfect for cold and wet winter days. Nina Huang, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 This stage of melanoma goes beyond the very outer layer of skin, into the thicker dermis layer of the skin, according to the Melanoma Research Alliance. Korin Miller, Health.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The spill closed outer and inner Cabrillo Beach, Wilder’s Addition Park at Point Fermin, Portuguese Bend at Rancho Palos Verdes and White Point-Royal Palms Beach in Los Angeles County, along with Seal and Sunset beaches in Orange County. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the umbra is the full, dark shadow. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Outer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outer. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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