• (adjective) enPR: outʹsīd, IPA: /ˈaʊtsaɪd/
  • (adverb, noun, preposition) enPR: out-sīdʹ, IPA: /aʊtˈsaɪd/

outside (plural outsides)

  1. The part of something that faces out; the outer surface.
    He's repainting the outside of his house.
    • 1653, Thomas Urquhart (translator), François Rabelais, Gargantua, "The Author's Prologue to the First Book"
      Silenes of old swere little boxes, like those we now may see in the shops of apothecaries, painted on the outside with wanton toyish figures, as harpies, satyrs, bridled geese, horned hares, saddled ducks, flying goats, thiller harts, and other such-like counterfeited pictures at discretion, ...
    • 1890, Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives,
      The outside of the building gives no valuable clew.
    • 1911, Cab, article in Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition,
      The number of persons which the cab is licensed to carry must be painted at the back on the outside.
  2. The external appearance of someone or something.
    Her outside was stern, but inside was a heart of gold.
  3. The space beyond some limit or boundary.
    Viewed from the outside, the building seemed unremarkable.
    • I threw open the door of my chamber, and found the family standing on the outside.
    • 1967, The Bee Gees, New York Mining Disaster 1941,
      Have you seen my wife, Mr Jones? / Do you know what it's like on the outside?
    • 1982, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn, Malcolm Mclaren, Buffalo Gals
      Four buffalo gals go 'round the outside / 'Round the outside / 'Round the outside / Four buffalo gals go 'round the outside / And do-si-do your partners.
  4. The furthest limit, as to number, quantity, extent, etc.
    It may last a week at the outside.
  5. The part of a road towards the central division: towards the right if one drives on the left, or towards the left if one drives on the right.
    On a motorway, you should always overtake other vehicles on the outside.
  6. The side of a curved road, racetrack etc. that has the longer arc length; the side of a racetrack furthest from the interior of the course or some other point of reference.
    On the final bend, the second-place car tried to go around the outside of the leader but spun off into the barrier.
  7. (dated, UK, colloquial) A passenger riding on the outside of a coach or carriage.
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      The outsides did as outsides always do. They were very cheerful and talkative at the beginning of every stage, and very dismal and sleepy in the middle […]
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  1. Of or pertaining to the outer surface, limit or boundary.
    The outside surface looks good.
    • 1901, Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career,
      Household drudgery, woodcutting, milking, and gardening soon roughen the hands and dim the outside polish.
  2. Of, pertaining to or originating from beyond the outer surface, limit or boundary.
    • 1938 (believed written c.1933), H. P. Lovecraft, The Book,
      Dogs had a fear of me, for they felt the outside shadow which never left my side.
    • 1976, Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles,
      It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.
    • 1993 September 3, Nancy Tatom Ammerman, Report to the Justice and Treasury Departments regarding law enforcement interaction with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas,
      Nor did they consult with outside persons in religious studies, sociology of religion, or psychology of religion.
  3. Away from the interior or center of something.
    • 2003, Timothy Noakes, Lore of Running, Human Kinetics (ISBN 9780873229593), page 731:
      As the centripetal force is an inverse function of the radius of the curve, it follows that the runner in the outside lane will be less affected than the runner in the inside lane.
  4. Originating from, arranged by, or being someone outside an organization, group, etc.
    The Board did not trust outside information about their rivals.
    • 1968, Barney G. Glaser, Organizational Careers, Transaction Publishers (ISBN 9780202367637), page 23:
      Positions in organizations are being vacated continually through death and retirement, promotion and demotion. Replacements may be drawn from the outside ("an outside man") or from within the organization.
  5. Extending or going beyond the borders or scope of an organization, group, etc.
    • 2004, Viktor Zander, Identity and Marginality among New Australians: Religion and Ethnicity in Victoria's Slavic Baptist Community, Walter de Gruyter (ISBN 9783110902433), page 88:
      Although a marriage to "one of ours" was encouraged, an outside marriage was not condemned if it would be to a believer of a similar faith. Some of the immigrants' children married Australians and joined Australian Churches.
  6. (baseball, of a pitch) Away far from the batter as it crosses home plate.
    The first pitch is ... just a bit outside.
  7. Reaching the extreme or farthest limit, as to extent, quantity, etc; maximum.
    an outside estimate
  8. Positioned towards the central division of a road: towards the right-hand side if one drives on the left, or left-hand side if one drives on the right.
    the outside lane of the motorway
  9. (of a person) Not legally married to or related to (e.g. not born in wedlock to), and/or not residing with, a specified other person (parent, child, or partner); (of a marriage, relationship, etc) existing between two such people. (Compare out of wedlock, nonresidential.)
    Antonyms: inside
    • 1994, Caroline H. Bledsoe, Gilles Pison, Nuptiality in Sub-Saharan Africa: contemporary anthropological and demographic perspectives (Oxford University Press, USA):
      Isaac Nathan's Christian wife served as godmother to his outside son, born after their Christian marriage. She allowed the boy, but not his mother, to live with her, her husband, and their two children.
    • 2008, Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen, Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, A&C Black (ISBN 9781845202217), page 158:
      An 'outside wife' has limited social recognition and status because her husband typically refuses to declare her publicly as his wife. She also has much less social and politico-jural recognition than an 'inside wife' [...]
    • 2009, Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, Yoruba women, work, and social change (Indiana Univ. Pr.):
      The legitimacy and inheritance rights of children were questionable, because colonial law did not acknowledge the validity of an outside marriage contracted after a monogamous, Christian one.
    • 2013, John C.S. Fray, Janice G Douglas, Pathophysiology of Hypertension in Blacks, Springer (ISBN 9781461475774), page 78:
      A husband will thus have responsibilities to his own household, as well as to those in which his “outside” children reside.
    • 2014, Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner, Birgitte Soland, Gender, Kinship and Power, page 256:
      The latter is her “outside” child in reference to her conjugal tie at the time. Should she leave this man and move in again with the father of her first child, then the three younger children assume the place of “outside” children, [...]
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  1. To or in the outdoors or outside#Noun|outside; to or in an area that is beyond the scope, limits or borders of a given place.
    I am going outside.
    Residents of the city rarely ventured outside.
    1. (colloquial) Not in prison.
      • 1964, Merfyn Turner, A Pretty Sort of Prison, page 15:
        It is the prison that supports the image of the criminal [...] he's lost when he's outside.
  2. Outdoors.
    I slept outside last night.
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  1. On the outside of, not inside (something, such as a building).
    • 1919 June 28, the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany, Treaty of Versailles, Part IV—German Rights and Interests outside Germany,
      In territory outside her European frontiers as fixed by the present Treaty, Germany renounces all rights, titles and privileges whatever in or over territory which belonged to her or to her allies, and all rights, titles and privileges whatever their origin which she held as against the Allied and Associated Powers.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 28
      Jurgis waited outside and walked home with Marija.
    • 1982, 97th Congress of the United States, Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982,
      There is jurisdiction over an offense under section 601 committed outside the United States if the individual committing the offense is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose shadow falls over us all.
  2. Beyond the scope, limits or borders of.
    tourists from outside the country
  3. Near, but not in.
    • 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds,
      Up the hill Richmond town was burning briskly; outside the town of Richmond there was no trace of the Black Smoke.
    • 2002, Jane Green, Bookends, 2003 trade paperback edition, ISBN 0767907817, outside back cover:
      Jane Green […] lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
    • 2010 December, Patricia Corrigan, "Beyond Congregations", OY! (magazine section), St. Louis Jewish Light, volume 63, number 50, page 24:
      Kastner lives in University City with his wife, Leslie Cohen, who works for the Jewish Federation, and their 17-month-old old[sic] son. Kastner grew up outside Cleveland.
  4. (usually with “of”) Except, apart from.
    Outside of winning the lottery, the only way to succeed is through many years of hard work.
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  1. (slang, US) To residents of Alaska, the rest of the United States, especially the contiguous 48 states south of Canada.
    She's going to the Outside for Christmas.

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