out·ly·ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ \

Definition of outlying 

: remote from a center or main body outlying areas

Examples of outlying in a Sentence

the outlying areas of the city

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Even as thousands of tech-savvy millennials flock to a few pockets in and around downtown Detroit, data show that poverty is increasing and incomes collapsing in many outlying urban neighborhoods. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Gentrification misses real problem in Detroit, urban expert warns," 7 July 2018 People close to the companies said limiting the number of scooters would hurt access for residents of outlying neighborhoods, and said linking a cap to actual demand would make more sense. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bye-bye, SF scooters as Bird, Lime and Spin go on hiatus," 4 June 2018 Day 2: Shopping, Artsy 'Hoods, and Frida Kahlo The historic center is a true dichotomy of big city grit and old-world elegance, but much of Mexico City’s beauty is subtler, within the nooks and crannies of its outlying neighborhoods. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Mexico City," 16 Apr. 2018 The daily rate is as low as $60 when inmates are in outlying regional detention centers, the marshals service said. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 Facing west, the admirers watched as the bright yellow sun, with its orange corona and outlying circles of ambers and blues, dipped beneath the horizon, turning the placid water that mirrored the heavenly body, to darkness. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "People gather at waterfronts to watch the sun set on the Southland," 11 July 2018 Visitors thronged throughout the Del Mar Fairgrounds under spotless blue skies, which slowed foot traffic from the barns to the midway to the outlying rides to the ferris wheel. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Temperature could hit 117 degrees in San Diego County during weekend heat wave," 4 July 2018 As in Los Angeles, many of London’s poorest residents are increasingly concentrated in outlying areas, which may be better served by ride-hailing services than traditional cabs. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Ride-Hailing Apps May Benefit Poor and Minority Communities The Most, Study Suggests," 30 June 2018 That means virtually no power would be lost in transmission, as can happen with projects in outlying locations. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of outlying

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outlying was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of outlying

: far away from the center of a place


out·ly·ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ \

Kids Definition of outlying

: being far from a central point : remote We saw outlying parts of the city.

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