- 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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Examples from the Web for outside
These generally come from the outside, from cultural pressures and messages.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Sadly, it appears the American press often doesn't need any outside help when it comes to censoring themselves.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
But outside of a few European countries and Quebec, this leave is usually two weeks or less and usually unpaid.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
If nobody on the outside will send Teresa money, should she learn a prison hustle?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
It was one of the few things that felt familiar to him after being away from the outside world since 1975.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Then, as in Fig. 9, cut the core loose from the outside skin.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The stenographer was to take his seat in this corridor, just outside one of the windows.Within the Law
Outside the door of the anaesthetizing-room Miss Harrison's languor vanished.
Outside of her small immediate circle Anna's death was hardly felt.
- (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)
Word Origin and History for outside
Idioms and Phrases with outside
In addition to the idiom beginning with outside
- outside of
- at most (the outside)