out·​side | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsīd How to pronounce outside (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˌsīd \

Definition of outside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary: such as
(1) : the world beyond the confines of an institution (such as a prison)
(2) often capitalized, in Alaska : the world beyond the territory or state of Alaska especially : the 48 contiguous states
b : the area farthest from a specified point of reference: such as
(1) : the side of home plate farthest from the batter
(2) : the part of a playing area toward the sidelines
(3) : the part of a playing area away from the goal
2 : an outer side or surface
3 : an outer manifestation : appearance
4 : the extreme limit of a guess : maximum the crowd numbered 10,000 at the outside



Definition of outside (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface the outside edge
b : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turn
c : of, relating to, or being on or near the outside an outside pitch
2a : situated or performed outside a particular place
b : connected with or giving access to the outside outside telephone line
3 : maximum
4a : not included or originating in a particular group or organization blamed the riot on outside agitators
b : not belonging to one's regular occupation or duties outside interests
5 : barely possible : remote an outside chance
6 : made or done from the outside borrowed a basketball and practiced his outside shot



Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : on or to the outside
2 : outdoors



Definition of outside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of
2 : beyond the limits of outside the scope of this report outside the law
3 : except

Synonyms & Antonyms for outside

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of outside in a Sentence

Noun The house looks nice from the outside. painted the outside of the house Adjective the outside edge of the foot She turned on the outside light to see what was making the noise. The phone will not let you make outside calls. The company hired an outside consultant. a businessman with few outside interests besides golf There were outside influences that affected his decision to retire early. Adverb The children love playing outside. It's nice outside, with not a cloud in the sky. He ran outside to see what the noise was about. He looked outside at the snow. The candy was hard outside but chewy inside. The car seemed in good condition outside. Preposition We waited outside the store. He kept his hands outside his pockets. There was a dog barking outside the house. She finished the race five seconds outside the record. We live outside the city. I have never traveled outside the U.S. before. No one outside the group knew of their plans. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bearing a misleading name, heat pumps are two-way air conditioners that move warm air from inside a home to the outside, keeping dwellings cool in hot months. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Bromell, the No. 4 sprinter in the world, was furthest to the outside in lane eight. oregonlive, 16 July 2022 The former day care building features sliding and rolling garage-like doors that open to the outside. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 For example, heavy smoke emanating from a few windows indicated that there was a path for smoke and air to flow from an interior hallway to the outside. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not just to the attic.regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 14 June 2022 After the solution conformed around the finger, Takeuchi applied human epidermal keratinocytes to the outside. Megan Marples, CNN, 10 June 2022 Additional recommendations included interest-free loans to help low-income homeowners install equipment in homes that vents radon-laden air in basements to the outside. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The quarterback, joining Colin Cowherd's podcast, acknowledged struggling down the stretch in the 2021 season as the Colts went from an almost-certain playoff berth to the outside looking in. Scott Horner, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At meal times in the capital, crowds of women and children sit outside bakeries, hoping for a piece of bread. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Besides a handful of cross-border firings in the minutes after the cease-fire’s start, the agreement held into Monday and enabled humanitarian aid to reach Gaza for the first time since Israel cut off outside supplies early last week. Hazem Balousha, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2022 When Covid-19 erupted in 2020 and New York City was an early epicenter, droves of Wall Street executives sheltered in South Florida where restrictions were less severe and the balmy weather meant people could meet outside year-round. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 McGriff, a former Savannah State linebacker, became the safeties coach after Greg Gasparato became the outside linebackers coach, a position left vacant by Cort Dennison. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 8 Aug. 2022 Following that game, George stayed at outside corner. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 As much as the outside spotlight has been on the offense’s consistent struggles, the defense deserves mention for its playmaking ability and unity during the first 10 practices. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 Brazile played right outside linebacker for 10 seasons without missing a game – and starting all 147 of them for Houston. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2022 More importantly, Green played 64 snaps at outside corner against the Chargers, according to data from Pro Football Focus. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Due to peak at 01:00 UT on Saturday, August 13, 2022, normal advice would be to be outside at that time (in Europe) or just as soon as its gets dark on Friday, August 12 (North America). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Many exhibitors cite being outside as a big upside of BGS. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 3 Aug. 2022 Since the beginning of the year, hours watched have trended downward most months, largely in line with covid restrictions lifting and viewers going outside. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 About a dozen people were outside in the parking lot talking when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside unleashed a hail of gunfire toward the small crowd, Atlanta police Maj. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 24 July 2022 The walls were buttercup, and, outside, the rotunda was also buttercup. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 The Fallston Volunteer Fire Company and mutual-aid departments responded to a dwelling fire in the 2000 block of Arden Drive at 10:15 a.m. after the owner, who was outside at the time, heard a smoke alarm sounding. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 22 July 2022 The heat is high, but luckily, there will soon be plenty of new movie and TV options on Netflix to curl up with, and distract from the mind-numbing, sweat-producing experience of going outside. Emma Specter, Vogue, 20 July 2022 The first, in purely practical terms, is that it’s currently a heatwave (so just be careful with going outside for too long). Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Darrin said investigators had reason to believe the local woman could be in the area of the park, which is outside the Massachusetts city of Worcester. Greg Norman, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2022 His episode has the least to do with the band, or the most to do with his life outside it. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Rummer was on the shady patio outside his apartment in the Cascade Park Retirement Community in Woodburn. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2022 Anchorage employers have adapted in part by hiring workers from outside the city and state in what amounts to a national competition for some workers, Popp said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 Goble questioned whether people sleeping in shelters outside the city are being counted locally, because the organization helping them is headquartered in El Cajon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 There are three main bridges that connect Kherson to surrounding territory: the Antonovsky Bridge as well as a nearby rail bridge, plus the P47 highway bridge across the Inhulets just outside the city. David Axe, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The Boston suburbs transformed into a cutthroat real estate enterprise during the pandemic, as buyers craved more space outside the city. Cameron Sperance, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2022 Since 1979, their family has owned Al’s Drive-In, a popular hot-dog stand in Maywood, a village just outside the city, where locals can get a Chicago dog and American Chinese food in one order. New York Times, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outside


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for outside


out·​side | \ au̇t-ˈsīd How to pronounce outside (audio) \

Kids Definition of outside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an outer side or surface The outside of the house needs painting.
2 : the greatest amount or limit : most The job will take a week at the outside.



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being on the outside the outside edge
2 : not belonging to a place or group outside influences
3 : barely possible an outside chance



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

: outdoors entry 1 Let's play outside.



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : on or to the outside of outside the door
2 : beyond the limits of outside the law

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