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Meaning of inside

in•side

Pronunciation: (prep.in"sīd', in'sīd"adv.in"sīd'n.in'sīd'adj.in"sīd', in'-, in'sīd"), [key]
— prep.
  1. on the inner side or part of; within: inside the circle; inside the envelope.
  2. prior to the elapse of; within: He promised to arrive inside an hour.
—adv.
  1. in or into the inner part: Please go inside.
  2. indoors: They play inside on rainy days.
  3. within one's heart, reason, etc.; by true nature; basically: I know inside that he's not guilty. Inside, she's really very shy.
  4. in prison.
  5. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
—n.
  1. the inner or internal part; interior: the inside of the house.
  2. the inner side or surface: the inside of the hand; He pinned the money to the inside of his jacket.
  3. Usually,the inner parts of the body, esp. the stomach and intestines: The coffee scalded my insides.
  4. a select or inner circle of power, prestige, etc.: a man on the inside.
  5. 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.
  6. the inward nature, mind, feelings, etc.
  7. confidential or secret information.
  8. an inside passenger or place in a coach, carriage, etc.
  9. She knew the work inside out.
    1. with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
    2. thoroughly; completely:She knew the work inside out.
—adj.
  1. situated or being on or in the inside; interior; internal: an inside seat.
  2. acting, employed, done, or originating within a building or place: He used to work on the dock but now he has an inside job.
  3. derived from the inner circle of those concerned in and having private knowledge of a situation: inside information.
  4. (of a pitched ball) passing between home plate and the batter: The pitch was low and inside.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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