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 The absolute outer edge of its prediction cone was 13,416, or 1,917 deaths a day. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is About to Pass Spring’s Grimmest Record," 19 Nov. 2020 Starting at the outer edge of the dish, arrange the slices (with the slices standing up). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Four vegetable-centric recipes for the Thanksgiving table," 18 Nov. 2020 In-ear models sport a design akin to earplugs and are the most lightweight and compact option, while around-ear models utilize some type of fastening design to secure themselves to the outer edge of the user’s ear. Popular Science, "Best wireless earbuds: Five things to consider," 30 Oct. 2020 His county, on the city’s outer edge, cast 103,000 votes in 2016. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s effort to sow mistrust is looking like an own-goal," 24 Oct. 2020 Then Mookie Betts took a 1-0 slider just off the outer edge of the plate, according to umpire Lance Barrett. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Dodgers are playing the ‘relentless’ baseball Chris Woodward wants to see from Rangers," 8 Oct. 2020 The new cottages are being built on the outer edge of the international village on areas that were mostly grass and had little public use. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Construction nearing completion for long-awaited House of Mexico cottage in Balboa Park," 5 Oct. 2020 The astronauts' names are not embroidered on the patch's outer edge. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA astronauts can't wait to leave Earth for SpaceX mission," 1 Oct. 2020 The outer envelope includes a bar code to stop anyone from trying to vote more than once. New York Times, "‘It’s Just Crazy’ in Pennsylvania: Mail Voting and the Anxiety That Followed," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outer. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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