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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All humans need mirrors and screens and pages that reflect our inner and outer being. Annie Tritt, Vox, "I photograph trans and nonbinary kids. It’s made me rethink my own gender.," 28 Mar. 2018 CAP Beauty Focused on inner and outer wellness, CAP Beauty is a retail store and spa located in New York (as well as online). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 Selfies are all celebrating you, and as Zendaya has shown, there's nothing wrong with wanting to strike a quick pose that showcases your inner and outer beauty. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Of Zendaya’s Instagram Selfies," 24 July 2019 Police responded to an alarm at 2:15 a.m. and found the inner and outer doors broken, according to The Wilson Times. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "6-year-old among 4 suspects in theft of handguns, police say," 23 July 2019 The ship was built with a double bottom to separate the inner and outer hulls. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "SS Copenhagen shipwreck home to picture-perfect artificial reef," 18 July 2019 One with thick, closed-cell foam insulation Generally all commercial coolers use the same method of insulation: foam between the inner and outer walls. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019 This core-centric move targets the rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis (a deep core muscle that wraps around the sides and spine) as well as the inner and outer thighs, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 The core of a Pluto Pillow is a high performance foam and a plush outer cover, but the firmness, thickness, and more are all up to you and depend on your answers to a survey. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "I Tried The Custom Pluto Pillow, And Now I Fall Asleep In No Time," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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not constant or steady

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