Definition of inside in English:

inside

noun

Pronunciation /ɪnˈsʌɪd/
  • 1usually in singular The inner side or surface of something.

    ‘wipe the inside of the windscreen’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had been riding for hours and the insides of her thighs hurt like hell.’
    • ‘You might get them on the inside of your lips, the insides of your cheeks or under your tongue.’
    • ‘It causes cracks in the corners of the mouth and white patches on the tongue, palate, lips, and insides of the cheeks.’
    • ‘As a boy, the insides of my arms and the backs of my legs itched ferociously and incessantly.’
    • ‘Without it, the insides of the lungs tend to stick together, making it harder to take in oxygen.’
    • ‘He spied the empty margarine tub next to the stove and ran his finger around the inside, licking the remnants greedily from his hands.’
    • ‘Pen took a couple steps towards the bowl and saw that the inside was painted black and that it was filled with water.’
    • ‘The insides of his throat felt like they were on fire.’
    • ‘Some bowls are inscribed on the outside as well as the inside.’
    • ‘Keeping your hands together, lean forward and press your elbows outward against the insides of your thighs.’
    • ‘Slice the baguette in half lengthways and brush the inside with the oil, pressing it firmly into the bread.’
    • ‘The tongue is the most common site but the insides of the cheek may also be involved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I didn't move but I was suddenly aware of my thighs, of the insides of my arms.’
    • ‘It cut the insides of her legs.’
    • ‘With this loop you cannot tell which side is the inside and which is the outside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No-one who has read and commented here today has a clue about the insides of used white envelopes (go on… go and check…).’
    interior, inner part, inner side, inner surface
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    1. 1.1 The 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘David Flores has the mount on Mash One, who breaks from the inside in a field of six.’
    2. 1.2 The part of a path nearer to a wall or further from a road.
      • ‘The twisted figure walked on the inside of the sidewalk.’
      • ‘Years ago a man always walked on the outside of the curb and ladies walked on the inside.’
    3. 1.3 The 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 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.’
    • ‘The inside was raw and we had to go home and cook it longer anyway.’
    • ‘The golden outer layer is quite crisp and the inside is soft and delicious.’
    • ‘Eggs have a shell partly to keep the inside in and the outside out, much as we have a skin.’
    • ‘He had found out last night that the London house was well guarded, both the outside and the inside.’
    • ‘Place a sage leaf inside each quail and season the inside with salt and pepper’
    • ‘Although most of the outside of the building survived the fire, the inside has been completely gutted.’
    • ‘Lili's house was beat up and down trodden on the outside but the inside was warm and comfortable.’
    • ‘The building is pretty much the same on the outside but the inside is very different.’
    • ‘Bread-crust bombs are those whose outer surface solidified while the inside was still emitting gas and expanding as a foam.’
    • ‘From this, we find that the inside, like the outside, is a bit yellow.’
    • ‘But Mr Lakin said the door locked from the outside and opened freely from the inside.’
    • ‘Each caravan looked the same, so we decided we had to make the outside look appealing before we set about the inside.’
    • ‘The inside was tasty, fluffy and tender, and barely required the creamy tartar sauce that came with them.’
    • ‘It is certainly one of the strangest sights seeing someone's belly distend outwards as it is pushed from the inside.’
    • ‘The inside was like a spring roll, but the outside was like god knows what.’
    • ‘It works fine, and looks okay from the inside, but is nothing much to photograph from the outside.’
    • ‘Turn once and cook the other side for 1 min, leaving the inside quite pink.’
    1. 2.1insidesinformal A person's stomach and bowels.
      ‘my insides are out of order’
      • ‘Why don't they invent a pill that sticks to your stomach lining even when your insides have projected themselves from your body?’
      • ‘With all muscles tensed, his forearms pressed over his stomach under the blinding shock of the bullet tearing through his insides.’
      • ‘Marc felt as though an apple was caught in his throat and his insides were all twisting around each other.’
      • ‘Fear gripped her stomach, threatening to crush her insides.’
      • ‘If cool turns to cold, your core temperature becomes threatened and your insides start to feel like your outsides - chilly.’
      • ‘Her face was a mask of calm, her insides suffering inner turmoil.’
      • ‘Cause he was in the back seat with a speaker box when the car crashed, and it crushed his insides.’
      • ‘She screams at the sensation, like fire running through her entire body, burning her insides.’
      • ‘They all sat down and had their own cups of hot cocoa, warming their insides and their outsides.’
      • ‘Joe was attacked and had a massive hole in his body with his insides hanging out.’
      • ‘My body shook with the ground, my insides quivering, my ears splitting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Don't forget your insides need to stay properly hydrated too!’
      • ‘The bubbles from the carbonated soda fizzed unpleasantly in my insides as I walked through the park, headed for Acacia's.’
      • ‘It only took a few seconds before sharp, piercing pains began to sting the insides of Chase's body.’
      • ‘The muscles along her stomach clenched, and her insides contracted with a searing pain.’
      • ‘My insides still feel like a tightly wound rubberband, on the verge of unraveling violently…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not been able to eat properly for 3 days now and my insides ache.: -’
      stomach, gut, bowels, intestines
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adjective

Pronunciation /ˈɪnsʌɪd/
  • 1attributive Situated on or in the inside.

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

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

Pronunciation /ɪnˈsʌɪd/
  • 1Situated within the confines of (something)

    as preposition ‘a radio was playing inside the flat’
    as adverb ‘Mr Jackson is waiting for you inside’
    • ‘The crafts themselves can also be created using small hot air balloons or ordinary balloons with lights inside them.’
    • ‘There is a low light inside the house, which emanates through the front windows and out onto the veranda.’
    • ‘There was no light except for the light inside the tanks and the computers running by themselves.’
    • ‘Also visible without binoculars, was a circle of lights inside the larger circle.’
    • ‘His grotto is decorated with rooftop snow and festive lights and inside the chalet the floor is littered with presents.’
    • ‘The light inside the building blasted into her eyes, making her have to blink many times to get used to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The restaurant has an outdoor terrace and a few tables situated inside.’
    • ‘His powder-blue eyes were dimmed into greyness by the brown light inside the store.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The child was finally found huddled inside a flat with her mother, surrounded by bin bags full of rotting food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No lights were on inside the embassy, even though I visited at one in the afternoon.’
    • ‘There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than a life lived inside the confines of a theory.’
    • ‘A casino and arcade games will also be situated inside the house itself.’
    • ‘The salty breeze and the large beach are a welcome relief for many who are cooped up inside flats and apartments.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Moving 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.’
      • ‘As she walked inside, two men came running at her from a back room.’
      • ‘It wasn't a Tuesday, the real day for devotees, so one could walk inside after a fairly short wait in a queue.’
      • ‘Berndon said good night once they reached the inn and left after she walked inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the fat, middle-aged man walked back inside we decided that we all needed to get home.’
      • ‘When you go inside, the light is dim, and cool - and quiet, because it's a museum.’
      • ‘I open the door and walk inside, setting down Manne's shirt on the chair by the bed.’
      • ‘I watched as the man in the yellow shirt, still in his seat, reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small red book.’
      • ‘Moving inside the sub we see the subwoofer, with the power adaptor right in front of the sub.’
      • ‘Hughes then reached inside his waistband and pulled out a bottle of wine, which he brandished violently.’
      • ‘He reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small bottle, shaped like a flask.’
      • ‘We kept phoning her number, watching her walk inside then hanging up.’
      • ‘Police gave him the option of moving inside the bar or dumping his drink.’
      • ‘Jules walked inside and followed the sound of voices, until she reached a closed door.’
      • ‘I took a step inside and walked around until I reached the hallway where it had happened.’
      • ‘She reached inside her handbag, mumbling something under her tears and pulled out a pregnancy test stick.’
      • ‘Her smile faded and she reached inside her shirt to touch the Nikolas' medallion.’
      • ‘He thought of moving inside where it would be cooler, but he felt too weak to move.’
      indoors, within, in
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    2. 1.2 Within (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’
      • ‘He crawls deep inside the mind of Sal.’
      • ‘His Blade Soul was annoyed; Asgard felt it as a hot prickling sensation inside his mind.’
      • ‘It felt like my insides were on fire and were running around screaming inside my body!’
      • ‘It will control your mind, but deep inside the behavior pattern is like a sleeping volcano.’
      • ‘He could smell the coppery scent of it, and his nostrils flared as something deep inside screamed for more.’
      • ‘You come out the other, and it's like a light bulb has flashed inside your head.’
      • ‘Kait knew instantly who it was; it was like someone had turned on the light inside her.’
      • ‘Every time I get annoyed the light inside me burns a bit brighter.’
      • ‘A small voice deep inside his mind insisted he share his scotch if he was going to hit the man up for funding.’
      • ‘Leigh knew just how to get to him, get right inside his mind - and his heart.’
      • ‘By the time one character enters another's body, the viewer has already gotten inside their minds.’
      • ‘This profile will help you to get inside the minds of the few disturbed individuals who run the lobby.’
      • ‘Don't let anyone tunnel inside your mind and infest your thoughts.’
      • ‘She was indeed inside his mind, and together they shared emotion, thoughts and feelings.’
      • ‘Her mind was still blank, and a small voice from inside her mind was screaming for her to run for the hills.’
      inwardly, within, secretly, privately, deep down, at heart, in one's heart, in one's mind, emotionally, intuitively, instinctively
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    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.’
      in prison, in jail, in custody, under lock and key
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    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This play is dirt-simple and works effectively if you have a player that can score inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Owen's been quiet, but look here: he cuts inside from the left and whips in a purler.’
  • 2preposition In less than (the period of time specified)

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

Phrases

  • inside of

    • 1informal Within.

      ‘something inside of me wanted to believe him’
      • ‘The doctors did not give her hope to live to three months of age when she was born, doctors inside of Iraq.’
      • ‘It fits snugly within the skull, hidden from view inside of the top half of the head.’
      • ‘Trying to suggest that she was not murdered outside of her home but was murdered inside of her home.’
      • ‘I pull out the chair, sit down and begin to type what is in my heart, and as I do, a change takes place not only inside of me, but also within the room.’
      • ‘By imagination, I mean that expression of our individuality by which we make a personal sense of the world around and inside of us.’
      • ‘Maybe that's the day something clicked inside of me, but it just took a year for me to pay attention to it.’
      • ‘Had the continuation of Anju and Sudha's story been brewing inside of you while you wrote the short stories?’
      • ‘I wish I could hang onto that baby inside of her for just a bit more, but I know I have to let that go.’
      • ‘He stood in the crisp air inside of the forbidding black tower, staring thoughtfully out towards the south.’
      • ‘They had never told us they were going to build a studio inside of our house.’
      • ‘We can find the strength and belief inside of ourselves, and raise ourselves above those limitations.’
      • ‘He rediscovered the outdoorsman trapped inside of him and revelled in long nature walks and going to the beach.’
      • ‘There is a famous saying that says ‘Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside of us.’’
      • ‘He saw her as blue-white energy stirring within her cage, but also flowing inside of him.’
      • ‘Before they could go inside of the room a gust of wind blew from within the room.’
      • ‘I started to think how amazing an icicle would look with something was frozen inside of it.’
      • ‘A lot of them were sleeping on top of their vehicles, inside of their vehicles and on the ground.’
      • ‘Looking at that tiny frame of hers, you would just assume that a baby wouldn't fit inside of her.’
      • ‘There's always been things inside of me that I wanted to get and tell me why I did what I did.’
      • ‘Plus I'll never feel something growing inside of me for that period of time.’
      1. 1.1In less than (the period of time specified)
        ‘preparing a ship for a voyage inside of a week’
        • ‘The centurions club is an elite club of people who can run or walk 100 miles inside of 24 hours.’
        • ‘It's not necessarily bucketing down, but coming down hard enough that we were both soaked to the skin inside of fifteen minutes.’
        • ‘Two missed scores and two points inside of four minutes of the restart had Carlow back within a goal of their opponents.’
  • on the inside

    • informal In a position affording private information.

      ‘will you be my spy on the inside?’
      • ‘Campaigners long to be on the inside - but fear being compromised when they get there.’
      • ‘The real problem with that was that there was a journalist or two on the inside.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

inside

Noun/ɪnˈsʌɪd/

inside

Adjective/ˈɪnsʌɪd/

inside

Preposition/ɪnˈsʌɪd/