out·​ly·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio) \

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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From Al-Haj Yousif, an outlying neighbourhood of Khartoum, come reports of fresh protests suppressed by gunfire. The Economist, "Pro-democracy protesters are slaughtered in Khartoum," 6 June 2019 Public markets were likely held nearby, and the city is surrounded by outlying groups of Maya homes where thatched huts once stood; what were likely cacao fields lie farther up in the hills. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Like Elton John, Langford also has an outsider’s fascination with the outlying aspects of American pop culture, conspiracy theories and instructions from aliens being very part of that restless stew. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Strawdog Theatre's 'Take Me' has music by Jon Langford and a story of alien conspiracy theories," 4 June 2019 Shuttle routes typically require riders to switch buses to reach outlying neighborhoods. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules while slush brings new driving risks," 12 Feb. 2019 The message for now: Don’t get carried away by one outlying set of trade data. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Global Trade Slowdown Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better," 21 Feb. 2019 Wyoming's hunt is in two phases: Sept. 1 opens the season in an outlying area with a quota of 12 bears, and Sept. 15 starts the season in prime grizzly habitat near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Matt Volz, Fox News, "Judge declines to issue quick ruling on protecting grizzlies," 30 Aug. 2018 The same documentation showed that while the #RedForEd movement is well-represented in the state's largest metro areas and outlying counties, there remain rural pockets that don't appear to have a presence in the movement. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona #RedForEd teacher walkout: What we know now," 20 Apr. 2018 Momentum has been building within Mr. Abe’s government for months for the introduction of an aircraft carrier, which advocates say would better enable Japan to defend its outlying islands. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Unveils Plan for First Aircraft Carrier Since World War II," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outlying

1647, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outlying

: far away from the center of a place


out·​ly·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlying

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

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