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Meaning of outside

out•side

Pronunciation: (n.out'sīd', -sīd"adj.out"sīd', out'-adv.out"sīd'prep.out"sīd', out'sīd"), [key]
— n.
  1. the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.
  2. the external aspect or appearance.
  3. the space without or beyond an enclosure, institution, boundary, etc.: a prisoner about to resume life on the outside.
  4. a position away or farther away from the inside or center: The horse on the outside finished second.
  5. an outside passenger or place on a coach or other vehicle.
  6. (sometimes cap.) the settled or more populous part of Canada or the U.S.
  7. at the utmost limit; at the maximum: There weren't more than ten at the outside.
—adj.
  1. being, acting, done, or originating beyond an enclosure, boundary, etc.: outside noises; news from the outside world.
  2. situated on or pertaining to the outside; exterior; external: an outside television antenna.
  3. situated away from the inside or center; farther or farthest away from the inside or center: the outside lane.
  4. not belonging to or connected with a specified institution, society, etc.: outside influences; outside help.
  5. extremely unlikely or remote: an outside chance for recovery.
  6. extreme or maximum: an outside estimate.
  7. being in addition to one's regular work or duties: an outside job.
  8. working on or assigned to the outside, as of a place or organization: an outside man to care for the grounds.
  9. (of a pitched ball) passing, but not going over, home plate on the side opposite the batter: The fastball was high and outside.
—adv.
  1. on or to the outside, exterior, or space without: Take the dog outside.
  2. in or to an area that is removed from or beyond a given place or region: The country's inhabitants seldom travel outside.
—prep.
  1. on or toward the outside of: There was a noise outside the door.
  2. beyond the confines or borders of: visitors from outside the country.
  3. with the exception of; aside from: She has no interests outside her work.
  4. other than; exclusive of; excepting: Outside of us, no one else came to the party.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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