Definitions

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

  • n. The part or parts that face out; the outer surface.
  • n. The part or side of an object that is presented to the viewer; the external aspect.
  • n. Outward aspect or appearance: "You'll never persuade me that I can't tell what men are by their outsides” ( George Eliot).
  • n. The space beyond a boundary or limit.
  • n. Sports A position at a distance from the inside or center, as of a playing field or racetrack.
  • n. The utmost limit; the maximum: We'll be leaving in ten days at the outside.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being on or near the outer side; outer: the outside margin.
  • adj. Of, restricted to, or situated on the outer side of an enclosure or a boundary; external: an outside door lock; an outside antenna.
  • adj. Located away from the inside or center: the outside traffic lane.
  • adj. Acting, occurring, originating, or being at a place beyond certain limits: knew little of the outside world.
  • adj. Gaining or providing access to the external side: an outside telephone line.
  • adj. Not belonging to or originating in a certain group or association: requested outside assistance; deplored outside interference.
  • adj. Being beyond the limits of one's usual work or responsibilities: My outside interests are skiing and sailing.
  • adj. Extreme, uttermost: The costs have exceeded even our outside estimates.
  • adj. Very unlikely; remote: only an outside possibility of winning the tournament.
  • adj. Baseball Passing on the side of home plate away from the batter. Used of a pitch.
  • adv. On or to the outer or external side.
  • adv. Outdoors.
  • prep. On or to the outer or external side of: saw someone outside the window.
  • prep. Beyond the limits of: a little place outside the city.
  • prep. With the exception of; except: We have no other information outside the figures already given.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of something that faces out; the outer surface.
  • n. The external appearance of something.
  • n. The space beyond some limit or boundary.
  • n. A passenger riding on the outside of a coach or carriage.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the outer surface, limit or boundary.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or originating from beyond the outer surface, limit or boundary.
  • adj. Away (far) from the batter as it crosses home plate.
  • adv. this sense?) On or towards the outside.
  • adv. Outdoors.
  • prep. this sense?) On the outside of.
  • prep. Near, but not in.
  • prep. Except, apart from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The external part of a thing; the part, end, or side which forms the external surface; that which appears, or is manifest; that which is superficial; the exterior.
  • n. The part or space which lies beyond the external edge of a structure or beyond the boundary of an inclosure.
  • n. The furthest limit, as to number, quantity, extent, etc.; the utmost.
  • n. One who, or that which, is without; hence, an outside passenger, as distinguished from one who is inside. See Inside, n. 3.
  • n. The part of the world not encompassed by or under control of an organization or institution.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the outside; external; exterior; superficial.
  • adj. Reaching the extreme or farthest limit, as to extent, quantity, etc..
  • prep. On or to the outside (of); without; on the exterior

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The part or place that lies without or beyond an inclosure, barrier, or inclosing line or surface of any kind, as opposed to the inside, or the part or place that lies within.
  • n. One who or that which is without; particularly, a passenger on the outside of a coach or carriage.
  • n. The external part of a thing; the outer surface; the exterior.
  • n. External aspect or garb; that which merely strikes the eye; appearance.
  • n. One who or that which possesses a fair exterior, but lacks genuine underlying excellences; a mere hypocrite or a vain show.
  • n. An externality; an outward form; a mere formality.
  • n. The furthest limit; the utmost: generally with the definite article.
  • n. plural In printing, the top and bottom quires, more or less imperfect, of a ream of paper.
  • Being on the outside; belonging to the surface or exterior; situated on or beyond the limits or bounds.
  • Limited to the surface or exterior; superficial; consisting in mere show; existing in appearance only.
  • Situated, seated, carried, or traveling on the exterior of a vehicle: as, an outside place; an outside passenger.
  • Extreme; reaching or exceeding the limit; all that or more than is actual, is required, etc.: as, an outside estimate of expenses.
  • Not directly concerned or interested; occupying an external position or having an external relation.
  • On the outside; on the exterior; at or beyond the limits; externally; outwardly; without; not within; not in a house or assemblage.
  • Beyond a harbor; out at sea: as, it is rough weather outside.
  • On the exterior of a vehicle: as, to travel outside.
  • To the exterior; from a point within to a point without; forth; out: as, to go outside.
  • On the exterior of; beyond.
  • To the exterior of; outward from: as, to go outside the house.

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

  • adj. very unlikely
  • adj. leading to or from the outside
  • adv. outside a building
  • adj. originating or belonging beyond some bounds:
  • n. the outer side or surface of something
  • n. the region that is outside of something
  • adj. (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
  • adj. coming from the outside
  • adj. located, suited for, or taking place in the open air
  • adj. from or between other countries
  • adj. on or toward an outer edge
  • adj. relating to or being on or near the outer side or limit
  • adj. functioning outside the boundaries or precincts of an organized unit
  • adv. on the outside

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  • To an Alaskan, anywhere that is not Alaska. As in "Are you going outside for Christmas?"

    November 5, 2007