from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of outdoor.

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  • adj. outdoor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. located, .
  • adj. Being out of the house; being, or done, in the open air; suited for the open air; outdoor. See Out of door, under out, adv.
  • adv. beyond the doors; from the house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air; hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the Vocabulary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being or done out of the house; open-air: as, out-of-door exercise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. located, suited for, or taking place in the open air


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  • "Being out-of-door people, fond of water, the home was built around a patio, in the center of which is a water pool or tank of solid concrete forty by fifteen feet and six feet deep, fed by water from a cold mountain spring, and in which black bass will be kept, and where one may occasionally take a plunge ... if he is brave and hardy enough."

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  • With the out-of-door world he had no understanding nor tolerance.

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  • As we were walking along together, I inquired whether at the meeting I should remove my cap, and he said no; that in an out-of-door presentation it was not etiquette to uncover if in uniform.

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  • The Secretary of Commerce, Robert Patterson, broadcast the same cheer in March: "With the usual increase in out-of-door work in the Northern states as weather conditions moderate, we are likely to find the country enjoying the accustomed state of prosperity."

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  • Too much exercise, especially unsupervised, could threaten a girl's future health and fertility; the "free out-of-door life, so priceless when properly conducted, may prove to be the path to pain and weakness, if not to permanent invalidism."

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  • Live an out-of-door life there, until you are fetched away.

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  • One chief out-of-door employment seems to have been wood-cutting and felling.

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  • When Harry began to dress himself in his out-of-door morning costume, he was very hard indeed to please, and particularly severe and snappish about his toilet: he tried, and cursed, pantaloons of many different stripes, checks, and colours: all the boots were villainously varnished; the shirts too “loud” in pattern.

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  • ‘Come in!’ was always answered in a hearty out-of-door voice from the inside.

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