the outback


: the part of Australia that is far from cities and where few people live

Examples of the outback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acknowledging the shortage of EV chargers in outdoor areas is a reminder that drivers can reasonably expect there to be spotty cellular coverage, so a SiriusXM app will not work reliably when heading to the outback, while a satellite radio receiver would continue providing music. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 The contrasting landscapes here, including coral coastlines, vast floodplains, rocky escarpments, and the ochre sands of the outback, are astounding. Drew Kluska, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 Disembarking the plane in the city Darwin, in the northern part of Australia, I was struck by the sheer scale of this remote landscape — the ruggedness of the outback juxtaposed against the lush, green backdrop of the tropics. Drew Kluska, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 There in the outback, Burgett and Premcar’s engineering director, Bernie Quinn, pushed a test mule up to 120 mph over gravel tracks and sandy ruts while testing hard acceleration, cornering, and braking. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 And will what happened in the outback come back to haunt them? Joe Otterson, Variety, 24 Aug. 2023 The children were bused in from schools all over the Barkly Region, a vast expanse of the outback that is about the size of Finland but has a population of only about 8,000 people. Jenny Vrentas Isabella Moore, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 As cattle ranches began to spread through the outback, the local beetles turned up their noses (or at least their antennae) at this new kind of sloppy dung. Steve Nicholls, Time, 2 Aug. 2023 Beneath the surface, art galleries and churches also dot the outback town, including the spectacular Serbian Orthodox Church. Keira Alexander, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2023

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“The outback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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