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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Lows from the mid-50s in the outer suburbs to low 60s downtown. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Clouds and light showers early, then partly sunny as a gorgeous stretch begins," 17 Sep. 2019 The outer walls are also perforated, leaving openings for windows. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Engineering the Vista Tower," 3 Sep. 2019 Three of them scored on one swing of Matt Chapman’s bat, which connected on a third-inning homer that banged off the outer center-field wall for a 5-2 Oakland lead. Los Angeles Times, "Angels start off game in ‘MVP’ fashion before falling to Athletics," 3 Sep. 2019 Achievement levels of students in the Baltimore metro region varied widely on the annual statewide tests in math and English, with the outer suburbs generally posting higher scores. Christine Zhang, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore schools show uptick in PARCC test results, but the region’s outer suburbs still score much higher," 28 Aug. 2019 In the outer suburbs, including Livingston and Washtenaw counties, the percentage was even higher — 73%. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Top Democrats all lead in head-to-head matchups with Trump in Michigan," 28 Aug. 2019 During the early morning battle, many of the defenders retreated into the structure, where some died in hand-to-hand combat after Mexican forces penetrated the fort’s outer walls. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo’s oldest wall being studied in ‘unprecedented’ digs," 13 Aug. 2019 After all, isn't there big demographic change sweeping the Metroplex's outer suburbs? Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Dallas' Royce West in Senate race, confusion over Texas' hemp law, what frustrated Border Patrol agents have to say," 23 July 2019 In warmer climates, he (the jacket was designed for men’s bodies) could keep the outer shell but peel off the other layers. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 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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