[noun out-sahyd, -sahyd; adjective out-sahyd, out-; adverb out-sahyd; preposition out-sahyd, out-sahyd]
- the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.
- the external aspect or appearance.
- the space without or beyond an enclosure, institution, boundary, etc.: a prisoner about to resume life on the outside.
- a position away or farther away from the inside or center: The horse on the outside finished second.
- an outside passenger or place on a coach or other vehicle.
- Northern Canada and Alaska. (sometimes initial capital letter) the settled or more populous part of Canada or the U.S.
- being, acting, done, or originating beyond an enclosure, boundary, etc.: outside noises; news from the outside world.
- situated on or pertaining to the outside; exterior; external: an outside television antenna.
- situated away from the inside or center; farther or farthest away from the inside or center: the outside lane.
- not belonging to or connected with a specified institution, society, etc.: outside influences; outside help.
- extremely unlikely or remote: an outside chance for recovery.
- extreme or maximum: an outside estimate.
- being in addition to one's regular work or duties: an outside job.
- working on or assigned to the outside, as of a place or organization: an outside man to care for the grounds.
- Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing, but not going over, home plate on the side opposite the batter: The fastball was high and outside.
- on or to the outside, exterior, or space without: Take the dog outside.
- in or to an area that is removed from or beyond a given place or region: The country's inhabitants seldom travel outside.
- on or toward the outside of: There was a noise outside the door.
- beyond the confines or borders of: visitors from outside the country.
- with the exception of; aside from: She has no interests outside her work.
- at the outside, at the utmost limit; at the maximum: There weren't more than ten at the outside.
- outside of, other than; exclusive of; excepting: Outside of us, no one else came to the party.
Origin of outside
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- (sometimes foll by of) on or to the exterior ofoutside the house
- beyond the limits ofoutside human comprehension
- apart from; other thanno-one knows outside you and me
- (prenominal) situated on the exterioran outside lavatory
- remote; unlikelyan outside chance
- not a member of
- the greatest possible or probable (prices, odds, etc)
- (of a road lane, esp in a dual carriageway or motorway) situated nearer or nearest to the central reservation, for use by faster or overtaking vehicles
- outside a specified thing or place; out of doors
- slang not in prison
- the external side or surfacethe outside of the garage
- the external appearance or aspect
- the exterior or outer part of something
- (of a path, pavement, etc) the side nearest the road or away from a wall or building
- sport an outside player, as in football
- (plural) the outer sheets of a ream of paper
- Canadian (in the north) the settled parts of Canada
- at the outside informal at the most or at the greatest extenttwo days at the outside
- outside in another term for inside outSee inside (def. 5)
The use of outside of and inside of, although fairly common, is generally thought to be incorrect or non-standard: she waits outside (not outside of) the school
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Word Origin and History for at the outside
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with at the outside
at the outside
see under at most.
In addition to the idiom beginning with outside
- outside of
- at most (the outside)
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