Definition of outside in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtsʌɪd//aʊtˈsʌɪd/


  • 1The external side or surface of something.

    ‘record the date on the outside of the file’
    • ‘The inside was just about as nice looking as the outside for a police building.’
    • ‘The outsides of buildings are horrible facades of doom and brimstone and that gunky stuff that forms in your eye when you're sleepy.’
    • ‘The former post office is a listed building, and the outside cannot be touched.’
    • ‘A lot of lip service is paid to how the contestants are renovating the inside as well as the outside.’
    • ‘In fact, I was enamored at the fact that since we spend most of our time at airports inside the airport, there should be postcards of the insides of airports, rather than of the outsides, which we often never get to see.’
    • ‘We saw this flat, and we wanted to match the inside with the outside.’
    • ‘Mark was not surprised to see that the inside of the building was as run-down as the outside.’
    • ‘If cool turns to cold, your core temperature becomes threatened and your insides start to feel like your outsides - chilly.’
    • ‘He wondered how I cooked them through without charring the outsides to a blackened crust.’
    • ‘It works fine, and looks okay from the inside, but is nothing much to photograph from the outside.’
    • ‘And what's important is what he feels about me on the inside, not the outside.’
    • ‘Visually powerful spastics lined the insides and outsides of small churches and large cathedrals.’
    • ‘As mentioned before there is a symbiosis between the insides and the outsides, between our inner selves and the outside world.’
    • ‘Take a quiz, to find out if the grey matter inside matches the one outside.’
    • ‘The golden colour which gives it its name is on the inner side of the valves, not the outside.’
    • ‘She hadn't seen the outsides of buildings before.’
    • ‘Torches were lit on both the outsides of the buildings, and in the insides.’
    • ‘They all sat down and had their own cups of hot cocoa, warming their insides and their outsides.’
    • ‘A pair of peak-like chicken croquettes drizzled in yellow giblet gravy have extra-crunchy outsides and smooth white-meat insides.’
    • ‘The outside should be just softening, but the insides still hard.’
    external surface, outer surface, surface, exterior, outer side, case, skin, shell, crust, husk, covering, outer layer, sheath, facade, elevation, front, frontage
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    1. 1.1The part of a path nearer to a road or further from a wall.
      • ‘Before they can turn they are having to swerve to the outside lane to give themselves some place.’
    2. 1.2The side of a bend or curve where the edge or surface is longer in extent.
      • ‘With this loop you cannot tell which side is the inside and which is the outside.’
      longer edge, outer edge, edge, the long way round
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    3. 1.3The outer sheets of a ream of paper.
    4. 1.4The external appearance of someone or something.
      ‘was he as straight as he appeared on the outside?’
      • ‘I'll remember how she was even more beautiful on the inside than the outside.’
      • ‘He answered that it was only the outside which appeared different; people were the same everywhere.’


  • 1Situated on or near the exterior or external surface of something.

    ‘Anne put the outside lights on’
    • ‘Is an ear part of the inside or the outside of a body, and how can we distinguish its own inside and outside surfaces?’
    • ‘They also ripped an outside light from the wall at the front of the home.’
    • ‘The outside lights came on and the door opened to reveal a bearded man in his late forties.’
    • ‘At midnight the owner turns off the outside lights so we can see the stars.’
    • ‘The outside surface is polished nicely to give a classy look to a very practical tool.’
    • ‘There are outside lights at the front and rear of the house, and a 10 year structural guarantee.’
    • ‘There had been high expenditure on repairs to the clock and the outside light.’
    • ‘It is suggested you drive with headlights on and leave your outside lights on tonight.’
    • ‘All 150 new homes have lockable doors and windows, outside lights, and fencing to secure gardens.’
    • ‘The outside light had faded and the crammed interior was a dim jumble of dark shapes under the solitary bulb.’
    • ‘When she got to his house, the outside light was on as was the kitchen light.’
    • ‘The cheapest outside surfacing was pebble-dashing, which was therefore used.’
    • ‘Also, turn off outside taps from inside the house and drain any external pipes to prevent bursting.’
    • ‘Neither of its outside surfaces had touched anything but air during its creation.’
    • ‘I followed him through the kitchen out a back door where he had the outside lights on.’
    • ‘Some of the outside lights of the Piccadilly gardens are upside down, which means there is no waterproof protection.’
    exterior, external, outer, outermost, outward, outdoor, out-of-doors
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    1. 1.1(in hockey, soccer, and other sports) denoting positions nearer to the sides of the field.
      ‘he played at outside left’
      • ‘Clemons played middle linebacker last year for the Saints, but the Texans will play him at right outside linebacker.’
      • ‘That last reference was perhaps a hint that Townsend will be given a game at outside centre to recover his confidence and form.’
      • ‘He doesn't have the pace to play outside centre, but he does run good rugby league-style angles and has quick feet.’
      • ‘Skipper Andy Baggett moves to outside centre, with Chris Malherbe on the left wing.’
      • ‘Baxendell is still one of the most talented outside centres in the country.’
      • ‘The Titans have to figure out who is going to play left outside linebacker.’
  • 2Not belonging to or coming from within a particular group.

    ‘the use of outside contractors will speed up the process’
    • ‘They have to survive for up to 39 days with no outside help.’
    • ‘Since I came from an outside school, I had no idea about the situation of the tutors.’
    • ‘An outside observer can only wonder what it takes to get the message across.’
    • ‘But Mr Blyth stressed it was a mistake by the outside contractors who printed the ballot forms.’
    • ‘One has to factor in the idea that no matter what we offer, resistance to any outside force may result.’
    • ‘At the moment, highways maintenance is carried out by a mix of the council's own teams and outside contractors.’
    • ‘It signs contracts with outside laboratories to carry out research in specified areas.’
    • ‘There is abundant evidence that reveals the resistance to outside control that exists within the universities.’
    • ‘All other staff are employed on a contract basis through outside agencies.’
    • ‘It raises the possibility of corruption and the absence of outside review and control.’
    • ‘As I should have learned from my own show, it is easy to blame outside forces when stuff doesn't go your way, but at the end of it all you are in control.’
    • ‘Bosses blame a steep decline in outside contracts for the cuts.’
    • ‘It would cost twice as much to hire outside people, even when his staff is earning overtime.’
    • ‘Admittedly this comes within a context of financial problems and lack of outside support.’
    • ‘When a motion is threatened by an outside enemy, immediate emergency measures are taken to counter it.’
    independent, consultant, consulting, hired, temporary, freelance, casual, visiting, non-resident, external, extramural, peripatetic
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    1. 2.1Beyond one's own immediate personal concerns.
      ‘I was able to face the outside world again’
      • ‘When I went to interview him three years ago, he was, in the eyes of the outside world, a remote and beleaguered figure.’
      • ‘The affairs of the town, the country and the outside world meant little to them.’
      • ‘My music got a lot better when I stopped concerning myself with outside influences.’
      • ‘People who lack resilience tend to pin their problems on other people or outside events.’
      • ‘Your husband's breakfast is vital if he is to face the outside world in a positive fashion.’
      • ‘You seem to be the only one here with a view of the outside world.’
      • ‘So events in the outside world don't really impact on things that are going on in the house.’
      • ‘Last year's tourist season was disappointing due to a number of outside factors beyond our control.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the world, hostage-taking still continues virtually unnoticed in the outside world.’
      • ‘The threshold takes the position of a border between the home and the outside world.’
      • ‘Usually people would gather around the set, eager for their one point of reliable contact with the outside world.’
      • ‘Goalies are a breed who do not like to be told by the outside world how they should behave.’

preposition & adverb

  • 1Situated or moving beyond the confines or boundaries of.

    [as preposition] ‘there was a boy outside the door’
    ‘I stepped outside the marquee for a breather’
    [as adverb] ‘the dog was still barking outside’
    ‘we ran outside’
    • ‘The crowd was now situated right outside her door, with the Duke's coach not too far away.’
    • ‘I don't ever want to step outside of his classroom, so I'll go wherever he goes.’
    • ‘I stepped back outside and walked quickly in the direction of the festival.’
    • ‘One day they took a walk outside of the town.’
    • ‘When he saw me waiting outside of the classroom for him, he laughed.’
    • ‘The same boy is standing outside a school waiting to be collected.’
    • ‘The weather is good today and I sent the boys outside as soon as breakfast was over.’
    • ‘Crossing the dark foyer, I stepped back outside onto the sidewalk.’
    • ‘When I stepped back outside, the snow was continuing.’
    • ‘He nodded and called to Maggie that we were just stepping outside for a moment.’
    • ‘My friend had a car stolen by a gang of boys outside Starbucks.’
    • ‘Residents living nearby rushed outside after hearing a loud bang.’
    • ‘I saw all the commotion outside of your house and I didn't know what happened.’
    • ‘I should have said that all the kids who either went into the sewer or stood outside the sewer were boys.’
    • ‘I heard a noise outside of the door and walked to it slowly.’
    • ‘The outside world usually stays outside or confined neatly in the TV box in the corner.’
    • ‘Soon they got tired of standing outside in the pouring rain and retreated indoors.’
    • ‘When he did he saw her just standing outside waiting for him and William.’
    • ‘He was running towards a little boy outside an open door, down the hall.’
    • ‘I can barely stand walking outside after dark.’
    outdoors, out of doors, out of the house, on the outside, externally, exteriorly
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    1. 1.1Not being a member of (a particular group)
      [as preposition] ‘critics outside the government’
      • ‘Whether members comment on persons outside the House is a matter of taste.’
      • ‘The rise in reading groups outside the university is perhaps significant in this regard.’
      • ‘She warmly thanked the many members both in and outside the committee who have given sterling service over the year.’
      • ‘On many farms younger members of the family are seeking careers outside the industry.’
      • ‘He knows full well that no one may refer to anyone outside the 120 members of this House.’
      • ‘The comments the member is referring to were made by a member outside the House.’
      • ‘During the holidays the rooms can also be booked by people outside the university for conferences and meetings.’
      • ‘The problem exists for our members outside public practice who prepare tax returns.’
      • ‘He stood head and shoulders above all his contemporaries inside and outside the University.’
      • ‘This is an experience that cannot be replicated outside a university or something at least akin to it.’
      • ‘Kam was popular at university and made relationships with people outside his own group.’
    2. 1.2(in soccer, rugby, and other sports) closer to the side of the field than (another player)
      [as preposition] ‘Swift appeared outside him with the powerful Fallon overlapping on his left’
      • ‘The only home score came when full-back Leigh Hinton came up outside his winger to make the extra man.’
  • 2[preposition] Beyond the limits or scope of.

    ‘the switchboard is not staffed outside normal office hours’
    • ‘The mere fact that it is a copy of another copy renders it outside the scope of protection.’
    • ‘That is a completely misleading defence, given that that is quite outside the intended scope of the bill.’
    • ‘It also filters out perspectives which fall outside the scope of its rules and dominant ideas.’
    • ‘This venue provides substantial meals outside our price range but, with care, modest snacks are available.’
    • ‘But the problem here, of course, is that such changes are outside the scope of the bill.’
    • ‘The suggestion for which the award is made is outside the scope of the employee's normal duties.’
    • ‘Vague terms give no perspective on experiences outside the normal range.’
    • ‘Speculation has always been regarded as lying outside the legitimate scope of jury conduct.’
    • ‘However, the question will not be put, because the proposed new clause is outside the scope of the bill.’
    • ‘As I pointed out, this matter was deemed to be outside the scope of the bill.’
    • ‘As a general rule, a solicitor is not required to provide services outside the scope of the retainer.’
    • ‘Those remarks were moral judgments outside the scope of any special judicial expertise.’
    • ‘But that is an entirely different and complex argument outside the scope of this opinion.’
    • ‘This is outside the scope of a record company, but I'm told a good book is under way.’
    • ‘Locations that were once outside the budget of most people have now come within their reach.’
    • ‘It would be outside the scope of legitimate judicial interpretation.’
    • ‘Such rules therefore fall outside the scope of Article 30 of the Treaty.’
    • ‘That's a distinction that might lie outside the scope of this thread.’
    • ‘How is a potential rival to know whether something has been deliberately left outside the scope of the claim?’
    • ‘An analysis of scaffolding effects and endocytosis is outside the scope of this study.’


Outside and outside of: is there any difference between the books have been distributed outside Europe and the books have been distributed outside of Europe? Broadly speaking, both have the same meaning, but the use of outside of is much commoner and better established in North American than in British English