Definition of inside in English:

inside

noun

  • 1[usually in singular] The inner side or surface of something.

    ‘wipe the inside of the windscreen’
    • ‘It causes cracks in the corners of the mouth and white patches on the tongue, palate, lips, and insides of the cheeks.’
    • ‘I didn't move but I was suddenly aware of my thighs, of the insides of my arms.’
    • ‘As a boy, the insides of my arms and the backs of my legs itched ferociously and incessantly.’
    • ‘Slice the baguette in half lengthways and brush the inside with the oil, pressing it firmly into the bread.’
    • ‘Some bowls are inscribed on the outside as well as the inside.’
    • ‘No-one who has read and commented here today has a clue about the insides of used white envelopes (go on… go and check…).’
    • ‘It cut the insides of her legs.’
    • ‘The tongue is the most common site but the insides of the cheek may also be involved.’
    • ‘They had been riding for hours and the insides of her thighs hurt like hell.’
    • ‘Keeping your hands together, lean forward and press your elbows outward against the insides of your thighs.’
    • ‘He spied the empty margarine tub next to the stove and ran his finger around the inside, licking the remnants greedily from his hands.’
    • ‘If your baby develops white spots that look like milk curd on the insides of the cheeks or on the tongue, this may be thrush.’
    • ‘Also disclosed were the discovery of bruises all over his legs, including the insides of his thighs, in addition to cuts and bruises on his head.’
    • ‘I wasn't sent to Oxford or anywhere, so what I do to write is to cut crosses into the insides of my wrists.’
    • ‘You might get them on the inside of your lips, the insides of your cheeks or under your tongue.’
    • ‘I gave the beets a good pruning, as a lot of the leaves had been attacked by beet leaf miners, which eat their way through the insides of leaves, leaving the outside.’
    • ‘With this loop you cannot tell which side is the inside and which is the outside.’
    • ‘The insides of his throat felt like they were on fire.’
    • ‘Without it, the insides of the lungs tend to stick together, making it harder to take in oxygen.’
    • ‘Pen took a couple steps towards the bowl and saw that the inside was painted black and that it was filled with water.’
    interior, inner part, inner side, inner surface
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    1. 1.1The part of a road furthest from the centre.
      ‘overtaking on the inside’
      • ‘Richard Hughes guided Thundering Surf to victory, bringing him home from the inside to edge out Holy Orders by a neck.’
      • ‘David Flores has the mount on Mash One, who breaks from the inside in a field of six.’
      • ‘You take risks when you go around the inside, but eight times out of 10 it will win you races.’
      • ‘At the second last, we had only Hardy Eustace left to pass and I switched Rooster to the inside.’
      • ‘Creon and jockey Timmy Murphy sneaked up the inside to overcome GVA Ireland and win the Pertemps Final.’
    2. 1.2The part of a path nearer to a wall or further from a road.
      • ‘Years ago a man always walked on the outside of the curb and ladies walked on the inside.’
      • ‘The twisted figure walked on the inside of the sidewalk.’
    3. 1.3The side of a bend where the edge or surface is shorter.
      ‘the inside of the bend’
      • ‘Built on the inside of a bend in the river most of the city was below sea level.’
  • 2The inner part; the interior.

    ‘the inside of the car was like an oven’
    • ‘Too sweet a potato will burn on the outside before the inside has a chance to cook.’
    • ‘The inside was tasty, fluffy and tender, and barely required the creamy tartar sauce that came with them.’
    • ‘The golden outer layer is quite crisp and the inside is soft and delicious.’
    • ‘Turn once and cook the other side for 1 min, leaving the inside quite pink.’
    • ‘Lili's house was beat up and down trodden on the outside but the inside was warm and comfortable.’
    • ‘The inside was like a spring roll, but the outside was like god knows what.’
    • ‘Eggs have a shell partly to keep the inside in and the outside out, much as we have a skin.’
    • ‘But Mr Lakin said the door locked from the outside and opened freely from the inside.’
    • ‘Bread-crust bombs are those whose outer surface solidified while the inside was still emitting gas and expanding as a foam.’
    • ‘Place a sage leaf inside each quail and season the inside with salt and pepper’
    • ‘The building is pretty much the same on the outside but the inside is very different.’
    • ‘Each caravan looked the same, so we decided we had to make the outside look appealing before we set about the inside.’
    • ‘He had found out last night that the London house was well guarded, both the outside and the inside.’
    • ‘Although most of the outside of the building survived the fire, the inside has been completely gutted.’
    • ‘It is certainly one of the strangest sights seeing someone's belly distend outwards as it is pushed from the inside.’
    • ‘The inside was raw and we had to go home and cook it longer anyway.’
    • ‘It works fine, and looks okay from the inside, but is nothing much to photograph from the outside.’
    • ‘From this, we find that the inside, like the outside, is a bit yellow.’
    • ‘The kernel is now yellow on the outside with the inside containing milky white fluid.’
    • ‘The top should look set, but the inside should still be on the soft side.’
    1. 2.1informal A person's stomach and bowels.
      ‘my insides are out of order’
      • ‘A strange burning in her legs reached up to her stomach and twisted her insides.’
      • ‘By the time 7th period rolled around my insides were turning into mush.’
      • ‘Joe was attacked and had a massive hole in his body with his insides hanging out.’
      • ‘Fear gripped her stomach, threatening to crush her insides.’
      • ‘The bubbles from the carbonated soda fizzed unpleasantly in my insides as I walked through the park, headed for Acacia's.’
      • ‘My insides still feel like a tightly wound rubberband, on the verge of unraveling violently…’
      • ‘Cause he was in the back seat with a speaker box when the car crashed, and it crushed his insides.’
      • ‘Suddenly there was a weight in my gut as if my insides had fallen asleep; something wasn't quite right but not enough to cause a stir.’
      • ‘My body shook with the ground, my insides quivering, my ears splitting.’
      • ‘Marc felt as though an apple was caught in his throat and his insides were all twisting around each other.’
      • ‘Don't forget your insides need to stay properly hydrated too!’
      • ‘Why don't they invent a pill that sticks to your stomach lining even when your insides have projected themselves from your body?’
      • ‘Her face was a mask of calm, her insides suffering inner turmoil.’
      • ‘They all sat down and had their own cups of hot cocoa, warming their insides and their outsides.’
      • ‘If cool turns to cold, your core temperature becomes threatened and your insides start to feel like your outsides - chilly.’
      • ‘It only took a few seconds before sharp, piercing pains began to sting the insides of Chase's body.’
      • ‘Not been able to eat properly for 3 days now and my insides ache.: -’
      • ‘She screams at the sensation, like fire running through her entire body, burning her insides.’
      • ‘With all muscles tensed, his forearms pressed over his stomach under the blinding shock of the bullet tearing through his insides.’
      • ‘The muscles along her stomach clenched, and her insides contracted with a searing pain.’

adjective

  • 1Situated on or in the inside.

    ‘an inside pocket’
    • ‘He took out his cell phone and said something quickly into it, then returned it to his inside pocket.’
    • ‘For an example of this, look at the inside cover of a Canadian passport.’
    • ‘Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one which can fasten never in your back pocket’
    • ‘She reached a pale hand into the inside pocket of her messenger bag and pulled out an automatic pistol.’
    • ‘He reaches into his inside pocket and pulls out a bag filled with brown leaves.’
    • ‘Ivan folded the message, put it in the inside pocket of his coat and timidly turned round.’
    • ‘Lazarus pulled it out of the inside pocket of his robe, where he put it earlier, and handed it to the old man.’
    • ‘His hand brushed across his inside pocket, where he felt the outline of the key.’
    • ‘He grabbed it off the wall, reached for his inside pocket and thought his hand had entered a fire pit.’
    • ‘Purses and wallets in coat pockets make for an easy target, so put your cash, cards and keys in an inside pocket well out of reach.’
    • ‘He reached into the inside pocket of the black suit he was wearing and pulled out a small, red jewel.’
    • ‘He followed the sentry into the restroom, hand reaching into his inside pocket.’
    • ‘He rummaged through his inside coat pocket and pulled out a small and very slim recording tape.’
    • ‘Sprinkle water every hour on the pot to keep down the inside temperature.’
    • ‘He tucks it swiftly in the inside pocket of his denim jacket, and will never feel the need to wear a comedy’
    • ‘He had the cigarettes hidden away and the lighter hidden away somewhere in an inside pocket.’
    • ‘And to ensure she does not lose the ring, she says she will glue it to the inside pocket of her suit.’
    • ‘Then pulled out a metallic spray can from the inside pocket of his heavy trench coat.’
    • ‘Mr. Taylor drew a folded up collection of papers from the inside pocket of his gray overcoat.’
    • ‘Josh tucked the flashlight back into the inside pocket of his open jacket and pulled out his set of keys.’
    inner, interior, internal, inmost, innermost
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    1. 1.1(in hockey, soccer, and other sports) denoting positions nearer to the centre of the field.
      ‘an inside forward’
      • ‘But Snee has proved himself at inside centre and Oldfield has also proved himself.’
      • ‘The inside centre skipped through a gaping hole in the Romanian midfield to give his team an ideal start with the fastest World Cup try.’
      • ‘Kevin, who plays inside centre for Broughton, did not want to talk about what happened.’
      • ‘Johnson has a lot of that in him; he's around the ball a lot, even from his inside position.’
      • ‘The quarterback hands the ball off deep in the backfield to create the illusion of an inside zone play.’
  • 2Known or done by someone within a group or organization.

    ‘they were accused of selling shares while in possession of inside information’
    • ‘Next, we were hearing from inside sources that the targets might in fact be Somalia or Sudan.’
    • ‘I will give you the inside scoop on some of the best freebies offered on the site.’
    • ‘Also ahead here, an inside look at one of the most powerful families in American politics.’
    • ‘The vast majority of these tips are simply links to other published sources, not original bits of inside info.’
    • ‘We have an inside source who was present at the rally and is familiar with the reporters involved.’
    • ‘I have a little inside skinny on M.I.A.'s progress - a friend of mine named Dylan is running sound for her tour.’
    • ‘While family members may not respond to these epistles, we do know some of the inside details.’
    • ‘It's an inside look and commentary on Sandman, and an excellent one.’
    • ‘I travel up from Portsmouth and with a bit of inside knowledge I can safely say Wanderers will finish above Pompey.’
    • ‘So not fair how the inside buzz on all things celeb are only for Tinseltownies?’
    • ‘Other than an inside account of the competing pressures on Annan, however, there is little new information here.’
    confidential, classified, restricted, reserved, privileged, private, internal, secret, top secret, exclusive, off the record, not for publication
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preposition & adverb

  • 1Situated within the confines of (something)

    [as preposition] ‘a radio was playing inside the flat’
    [as adverb] ‘Mr Jackson is waiting for you inside’
    • ‘A light went on inside the café and a moment later Yevy peered through the window, then unlocked the door.’
    • ‘It must be freezing out there, or perhaps it's just hot inside the confines of the apartment.’
    • ‘His powder-blue eyes were dimmed into greyness by the brown light inside the store.’
    • ‘His grotto is decorated with rooftop snow and festive lights and inside the chalet the floor is littered with presents.’
    • ‘When you push the buttons on the back of him, he punches, and when you press down to write, a light inside the thing flashes.’
    • ‘Also visible without binoculars, was a circle of lights inside the larger circle.’
    • ‘The light inside the building blasted into her eyes, making her have to blink many times to get used to it.’
    • ‘The salty breeze and the large beach are a welcome relief for many who are cooped up inside flats and apartments.’
    • ‘There was no light except for the light inside the tanks and the computers running by themselves.’
    • ‘Anyway, after I cut some eyes, a nose and a mouth in it and lit a tea candle inside the thing, it did look quite eerie.’
    • ‘The crafts themselves can also be created using small hot air balloons or ordinary balloons with lights inside them.’
    • ‘The restaurant has an outdoor terrace and a few tables situated inside.’
    • ‘There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than a life lived inside the confines of a theory.’
    • ‘The child was finally found huddled inside a flat with her mother, surrounded by bin bags full of rotting food.’
    • ‘No lights were on inside the embassy, even though I visited at one in the afternoon.’
    • ‘By the waning light inside the teepee, Laurie and Gil knew that night was approaching.’
    • ‘He says they gave us more light and the air inside the house will be much, much better.’
    • ‘There is a low light inside the house, which emanates through the front windows and out onto the veranda.’
    • ‘A casino and arcade games will also be situated inside the house itself.’
    • ‘Lights are on inside the house but no one can hear her silent cries for help.’
    inside, within, in the middle of, within the bounds of, within the confines of
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    1. 1.1Moving so as to end up within (something)
      [as preposition] ‘Anatoly reached inside his shirt and brought out a map’
      [as adverb] ‘we walked inside’
      • ‘Emma could see him moving around inside the cafe and she gestured to Michael to follow her into the building.’
      • ‘We walked inside and he fumbled some more with the paperwork and the computer.’
      • ‘When you go inside, the light is dim, and cool - and quiet, because it's a museum.’
      • ‘Berndon said good night once they reached the inn and left after she walked inside.’
      • ‘He reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small bottle, shaped like a flask.’
      • ‘It wasn't a Tuesday, the real day for devotees, so one could walk inside after a fairly short wait in a queue.’
      • ‘We kept phoning her number, watching her walk inside then hanging up.’
      • ‘Jules walked inside and followed the sound of voices, until she reached a closed door.’
      • ‘As she walked inside, two men came running at her from a back room.’
      • ‘I watched as the man in the yellow shirt, still in his seat, reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small red book.’
      • ‘He thought of moving inside where it would be cooler, but he felt too weak to move.’
      • ‘Her smile faded and she reached inside her shirt to touch the Nikolas' medallion.’
      • ‘I open the door and walk inside, setting down Manne's shirt on the chair by the bed.’
      • ‘After the fat, middle-aged man walked back inside we decided that we all needed to get home.’
      • ‘Hughes then reached inside his waistband and pulled out a bottle of wine, which he brandished violently.’
      • ‘I took a step inside and walked around until I reached the hallway where it had happened.’
      • ‘Moving inside the sub we see the subwoofer, with the power adaptor right in front of the sub.’
      • ‘Police gave him the option of moving inside the bar or dumping his drink.’
      • ‘She reached inside her handbag, mumbling something under her tears and pulled out a pregnancy test stick.’
      • ‘Every morning, in a still-sleepy state, you get up and reach inside your underwear drawer for a pair of tights to wear to work.’
    2. 1.2Within (a person's body or mind), typically with reference to sensations of self-awareness.
      [as preposition] ‘she felt a stirring of life inside her’
      ‘I just roll the phrases round inside my head’
      [as adverb] ‘I was screaming inside’
      • ‘By the time one character enters another's body, the viewer has already gotten inside their minds.’
      • ‘She was indeed inside his mind, and together they shared emotion, thoughts and feelings.’
      • ‘His Blade Soul was annoyed; Asgard felt it as a hot prickling sensation inside his mind.’
      • ‘A small voice deep inside his mind insisted he share his scotch if he was going to hit the man up for funding.’
      • ‘Every time I get annoyed the light inside me burns a bit brighter.’
      • ‘Don't let anyone tunnel inside your mind and infest your thoughts.’
      • ‘Kait knew instantly who it was; it was like someone had turned on the light inside her.’
      • ‘It felt like my insides were on fire and were running around screaming inside my body!’
      • ‘Her mind was still blank, and a small voice from inside her mind was screaming for her to run for the hills.’
      • ‘He could smell the coppery scent of it, and his nostrils flared as something deep inside screamed for more.’
      • ‘This profile will help you to get inside the minds of the few disturbed individuals who run the lobby.’
      • ‘Leigh knew just how to get to him, get right inside his mind - and his heart.’
      • ‘It will control your mind, but deep inside the behavior pattern is like a sleeping volcano.’
      • ‘You come out the other, and it's like a light bulb has flashed inside your head.’
      • ‘He crawls deep inside the mind of Sal.’
    3. 1.3informal In prison.
      ‘she was sentenced to three years inside’
      • ‘A lot of the prisoners write about how hard it is inside and hopefully when they leave prison they will reflect on this.’
      • ‘Some have committed murder while inside and then got a life sentence on top.’
    4. 1.4(in soccer, rugby, and other sports) closer to the centre of the field than (another player)
      [as preposition] ‘he went inside Graves and scored near the post’
      • ‘He picked up a long ball on the right wing, cut inside and found himself on the byline, a couple of yards from the Monaco post and goalkeeper.’
      • ‘This play is dirt-simple and works effectively if you have a player that can score inside.’
      • ‘I headed the ball back inside and eventually the ball ended up at my feet 20 yards from goal and I just hit it.’
      • ‘Frings cuts inside from the right and fires the ball at Bierhoff, who swivels and shoots.’
      • ‘Owen's been quiet, but look here: he cuts inside from the left and whips in a purler.’
  • 2[preposition] In less than (the period of time specified)

    ‘the oven will have paid for itself inside 18 months’
    • ‘Why was she allowed to be moved into a hospice for so many years when hospices are supposed to be for people who will die naturally inside six months or so?’
    • ‘Is the current improvement because local council elections will be upon us inside 11 months?’
    • ‘There is a strong move within the parliamentary party to pick a new leader inside the next month.’
    • ‘It is expected that the entire development down to Shanvaghera will be completed inside a few months.’
    • ‘But he admits it took him a while to come to terms with the shock of being stopped for the second time inside 12 months.’
    • ‘Two goals inside a four-minute period in the first half condemned Croydon to the basement.’
    • ‘Ballina will hopefully see completion of phase two of the town sewerage scheme inside the next fifteen months.’
    • ‘Mr Krishna Dutt has told you that he has confirmed most of our promises inside the last 12 months.’
    • ‘Moral of the story: if you can't do something yourself inside a reasonable period of time, pay someone else to do it.’
    • ‘In Jamaica 10 months ago England lost the first Test of 1986 inside three days.’
    • ‘Look for the price of smack to drop inside the next six months.’
    • ‘In the east, the Red Army had cleared Belorussia and advanced over 300 miles inside two months.’
    • ‘Police are investigating a third terrifying raid on a chain of newsagents inside a month.’
    • ‘The party is expected to re-convene a selection convention inside the next month.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the interior of the body): from in + side.

Pronunciation:

inside

/ɪnˈsʌɪd/