- on the inner side or part of; within: inside the circle; inside the envelope.
- prior to the elapse of; within: He promised to arrive inside an hour.
- the inner or internal part; interior: the inside of the house.
- the inner side or surface: the inside of the hand; He pinned the money to the inside of his jacket.
- Usually insides. Informal. the inner parts of the body, especially the stomach and intestines: The coffee scalded my insides.
- a select or inner circle of power, prestige, etc.: a man on the inside.
- the shortest of several parallel, curving tracks or lanes; the part of an oval track closest to the inner rail: The horse came up fast on the inside.
- the inward nature, mind, feelings, etc.
- Slang. confidential or secret information.
- an inside passenger or place in a coach, carriage, etc.
- situated or being on or in the inside; interior; internal: an inside seat.
- acting, employed, done, or originating within a building or place: He used to work on the dock but now he has an inside job.
- derived from the inner circle of those concerned in and having private knowledge of a situation: inside information.
- Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing between home plate and the batter: The pitch was low and inside.
- inside of, Informal. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
- inside out,
- with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
- thoroughly; completely: She knew the work inside out.
Origin of inside
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Examples from the Web for inside
Eating disorders, on the other hand, are driven largely by biological processes that occur on the inside.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
But there are a lot of women who go to these places and once they go to the inside, they find a lover.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
Otis, who tells me he was called “Saladin” on the inside, has taken an almost tragically circuitous route in getting here.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
But privately, it is listening to other theories, including those about an inside job.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence
December 30, 2014
If they have to stroke 'em they do it plenty gingerly and you can see 'em shudderin' inside like.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
So he lay down in the coffin but no sooner was he inside when bang!Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
All you had to do when you got it inside a man was to turn it round a bit, and the wound gaped and tore.Viviette
William J. Locke
The inside of the church was then burnt, and hardly one escaped.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Why, inside two weeks he'll be fit as a fiddle, and inside a month he'll be his own self!Way of the Lawless
- the interior; inner or enclosed part or surface
- the side of a path away from the road or adjacent to a wall
- (also plural) informal the internal organs of the body, esp the stomach and bowels
- inside of in a period of time less than; within
- inside out with the inside facing outwards
- know something inside out to know something thoroughly or perfectly
- in or to the interior of; within or to within; on the inside of
- on or of an interior; on the insidean inside door
- (prenominal) arranged or provided by someone within an organization or building, esp illicitlythe raid was an inside job; inside information
- within or to within a thing or place; indoors
- by nature; fundamentallyinside, he's a good chap
- slang in or into prison
Word Origin and History for inside
late 14c., ynneside "interior of the body," compound of in (adv.) + side (n.). The adjective is 1610s, from the noun. Inside job "robbery, espionage, etc., committed by or with the help of a resident or servant of a place" is attested by 1887, American English (also, late 19c., early 20c., "indoors work"). Inside track "advantage" is metaphoric because those lanes are shorter on a curved track. Inside of, in reference to time, is from 1839.