Definition of inside in English:

inside

noun

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

    ‘she ran a finger around the inside of the bowl’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The insides of his throat felt like they were on fire.’
    • ‘He spied the empty margarine tub next to the stove and ran his finger around the inside, licking the remnants greedily from his hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With this loop you cannot tell which side is the inside and which is the outside.’
    • ‘You might get them on the inside of your lips, the insides of your cheeks or under your tongue.’
    • ‘Slice the baguette in half lengthways and brush the inside with the oil, pressing it firmly into the bread.’
    • ‘Without it, the insides of the lungs tend to stick together, making it harder to take in oxygen.’
    • ‘It cut the insides of her legs.’
    • ‘I wasn't sent to Oxford or anywhere, so what I do to write is to cut crosses into the insides of my wrists.’
    • ‘Pen took a couple steps towards the bowl and saw that the inside was painted black and that it was filled with water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It causes cracks in the corners of the mouth and white patches on the tongue, palate, lips, and insides of the cheeks.’
    • ‘Keeping your hands together, lean forward and press your elbows outward against the insides of your thighs.’
    • ‘I didn't move but I was suddenly aware of my thighs, of the insides of my arms.’
    • ‘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…).’
    • ‘As a boy, the insides of my arms and the backs of my legs itched ferociously and incessantly.’
    interior, inner part, inner side, inner surface
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    1. 1.1 The side of a racetrack nearer to the center, where the lanes are shorter.
      ‘he was blocked on the inside at the furlong marker’
      • ‘At the second last, we had only Hardy Eustace left to pass and I switched Rooster to 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.’
      • ‘David Flores has the mount on Mash One, who breaks from the inside in a field of six.’
      • ‘Creon and jockey Timmy Murphy sneaked up the inside to overcome GVA Ireland and win the Pertemps Final.’
    2. 1.2 The side of a bend or curve 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’
    ‘these boats are built of very thin cedar, with ribs on the inside’
    • ‘It works fine, and looks okay from the inside, but is nothing much to photograph from the outside.’
    • ‘The kernel is now yellow on the outside with the inside containing milky white fluid.’
    • ‘Lili's house was beat up and down trodden on the outside but the inside was warm and comfortable.’
    • ‘The golden outer layer is quite crisp and the inside is soft and delicious.’
    • ‘Although most of the outside of the building survived the fire, the inside has been completely gutted.’
    • ‘The inside was tasty, fluffy and tender, and barely required the creamy tartar sauce that came with them.’
    • ‘Bread-crust bombs are those whose outer surface solidified while the inside was still emitting gas and expanding as a foam.’
    • ‘Too sweet a potato will burn on the outside before the inside has a chance to cook.’
    • ‘The top should look set, but the inside should still be on the soft side.’
    • ‘Place a sage leaf inside each quail and season the inside with salt and pepper’
    • ‘Eggs have a shell partly to keep the inside in and the outside out, much as we have a skin.’
    • ‘The inside was like a spring roll, but the outside was like god knows what.’
    • ‘The building is pretty much the same on the outside but the inside is very different.’
    • ‘Turn once and cook the other side for 1 min, leaving the inside quite pink.’
    • ‘From this, we find that the inside, like the outside, is a bit yellow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Mr Lakin said the door locked from the outside and opened freely from the inside.’
    • ‘The inside was raw and we had to go home and cook it longer anyway.’
    • ‘It is certainly one of the strangest sights seeing someone's belly distend outwards as it is pushed from the inside.’
    1. 2.1usually insidesinformal The stomach and bowels.
      ‘my insides are out of order’
      • ‘Don't forget your insides need to stay properly hydrated too!’
      • ‘With all muscles tensed, his forearms pressed over his stomach under the blinding shock of the bullet tearing through 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.’
      • ‘Not been able to eat properly for 3 days now and my insides ache.: -’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fear gripped her stomach, threatening to crush her insides.’
      • ‘Cause he was in the back seat with a speaker box when the car crashed, and it crushed his insides.’
      • ‘If cool turns to cold, your core temperature becomes threatened and your insides start to feel like your outsides - chilly.’
      • ‘She screams at the sensation, like fire running through her entire body, burning her insides.’
      • ‘Her face was a mask of calm, her insides suffering inner turmoil.’
      • ‘By the time 7th period rolled around my insides were turning into mush.’
      • ‘A strange burning in her legs reached up to her stomach and twisted her insides.’
      • ‘Marc felt as though an apple was caught in his throat and his insides were all twisting around each other.’
      • ‘They all sat down and had their own cups of hot cocoa, warming their insides and their outsides.’
      • ‘Why don't they invent a pill that sticks to your stomach lining even when your insides have projected themselves from your body?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My insides still feel like a tightly wound rubberband, on the verge of unraveling violently…’
      • ‘The bubbles from the carbonated soda fizzed unpleasantly in my insides as I walked through the park, headed for Acacia's.’
      stomach, gut, bowels, intestines
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  • 3the insideinformal 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.’

adjective

Pronunciation /ˈinˌsīd/
  • 1attributive Situated on or in, or derived from, the inside.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘He followed the sentry into the restroom, hand reaching into his inside pocket.’
    • ‘For an example of this, look at the inside cover of a Canadian passport.’
    • ‘He had the cigarettes hidden away and the lighter hidden away somewhere in an inside pocket.’
    • ‘Then pulled out a metallic spray can from the inside pocket of his heavy trench coat.’
    • ‘She reached a pale hand into the inside pocket of her messenger bag and pulled out an automatic pistol.’
    • ‘He grabbed it off the wall, reached for his inside pocket and thought his hand had entered a fire pit.’
    • ‘Lazarus pulled it out of the inside pocket of his robe, where he put it earlier, and handed it to the old man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ivan folded the message, put it in the inside pocket of his coat and timidly turned round.’
    • ‘He rummaged through his inside coat pocket and pulled out a small and very slim recording tape.’
    • ‘He took out his cell phone and said something quickly into it, then returned it to his inside pocket.’
    • ‘Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one which can fasten never in your back pocket’
    • ‘Sprinkle water every hour on the pot to keep down the inside temperature.’
    • ‘He reached into the inside pocket of the black suit he was wearing and pulled out a small, red jewel.’
    • ‘He reaches into his inside pocket and pulls out a bag filled with brown leaves.’
    • ‘His hand brushed across his inside pocket, where he felt the outline of the key.’
    • ‘He tucks it swiftly in the inside pocket of his denim jacket, and will never feel the need to wear a comedy’
    inner, interior, internal, inmost, innermost
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    1. 1.1 (in some team sports) denoting positions nearer to the center of the field.
      ‘possibly the best inside linebacker in the country’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Johnson has a lot of that in him; he's around the ball a lot, even from his inside position.’
      • ‘But Snee has proved himself at inside centre and Oldfield has also proved himself.’
    2. 1.2US (of a pitch in baseball) passing between the batter and the strike zone.
      ‘an inside pitch to a right-handed hitter’
      • ‘Mickey was one of the few pitchers I ever saw who could throw a low and inside tailing fastball.’
      • ‘The club wanted him to drive the ball to the gaps and pull the inside pitch.’
      • ‘The subject of their discussions, of their work in the batting cage, was the inside pitch.’
      • ‘His size and big swing make him susceptible to the inside pitch, but that can be cured.’

preposition & adverb

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

    as preposition ‘a radio was playing inside the apartment’
    as adverb ‘Mr. Jackson is waiting for you inside’
    ‘he fitted a light inside the cupboard’
    • ‘The light inside the building blasted into her eyes, making her have to blink many times to get used to it.’
    • ‘Lights are on inside the house but no one can hear her silent cries for help.’
    • ‘His grotto is decorated with rooftop snow and festive lights and inside the chalet the floor is littered with presents.’
    • ‘Also visible without binoculars, was a circle of lights inside the larger circle.’
    • ‘No lights were on inside the embassy, even though I visited at one in the afternoon.’
    • ‘The child was finally found huddled inside a flat with her mother, surrounded by bin bags full of rotting food.’
    • ‘His powder-blue eyes were dimmed into greyness by the brown light inside the store.’
    • ‘The crafts themselves can also be created using small hot air balloons or ordinary balloons with lights inside them.’
    • ‘There was no light except for the light inside the tanks and the computers running by themselves.’
    • ‘There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than a life lived inside the confines of a theory.’
    • ‘It must be freezing out there, or perhaps it's just hot inside the confines of the apartment.’
    • ‘There is a low light inside the house, which emanates through the front windows and out onto the veranda.’
    • ‘The restaurant has an outdoor terrace and a few tables situated inside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A light went on inside the café and a moment later Yevy peered through the window, then unlocked the door.’
    • ‘The salty breeze and the large beach are a welcome relief for many who are cooped up inside flats and apartments.’
    • ‘He says they gave us more light and the air inside the house will be much, much better.’
    • ‘By the waning light inside the teepee, Laurie and Gil knew that night was approaching.’
    • ‘A casino and arcade games will also be situated inside the house itself.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jules walked inside and followed the sound of voices, until she reached a closed door.’
      • ‘It wasn't a Tuesday, the real day for devotees, so one could walk inside after a fairly short wait in a queue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As she walked inside, two men came running at her from a back room.’
      • ‘Police gave him the option of moving inside the bar or dumping his drink.’
      • ‘Emma could see him moving around inside the cafe and she gestured to Michael to follow her into the building.’
      • ‘I took a step inside and walked around until I reached the hallway where it had happened.’
      • ‘I watched as the man in the yellow shirt, still in his seat, reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small red book.’
      • ‘I open the door and walk inside, setting down Manne's shirt on the chair by the bed.’
      • ‘We walked inside and he fumbled some more with the paperwork and the computer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moving inside the sub we see the subwoofer, with the power adaptor right in front of the sub.’
      • ‘He thought of moving inside where it would be cooler, but he felt too weak to move.’
      • ‘When you go inside, the light is dim, and cool - and quiet, because it's a museum.’
      • ‘We kept phoning her number, watching her walk inside then hanging up.’
      indoors, within, in
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    2. 1.2 Within (the body or mind of a person), typically with reference to sensations of self-awareness.
      as preposition ‘she felt a stirring of life inside her’
      ‘I just roll the phrases around inside my head’
      as adverb ‘I was screaming inside’
      • ‘He could smell the coppery scent of it, and his nostrils flared as something deep inside screamed for more.’
      • ‘She was indeed inside his mind, and together they shared emotion, thoughts and feelings.’
      • ‘This profile will help you to get inside the minds of the few disturbed individuals who run the lobby.’
      • ‘A small voice deep inside his mind insisted he share his scotch if he was going to hit the man up for funding.’
      • ‘It will control your mind, but deep inside the behavior pattern is like a sleeping volcano.’
      • ‘By the time one character enters another's body, the viewer has already gotten inside their minds.’
      • ‘Every time I get annoyed the light inside me burns a bit brighter.’
      • ‘Leigh knew just how to get to him, get right inside his mind - and his heart.’
      • ‘Her mind was still blank, and a small voice from inside her mind was screaming for her to run for the hills.’
      • ‘He crawls deep inside the mind of Sal.’
      • ‘Don't let anyone tunnel inside your mind and infest your thoughts.’
      • ‘You come out the other, and it's like a light bulb has flashed inside your head.’
      • ‘It felt like my insides were on fire and were running around screaming inside my body!’
      • ‘Kait knew instantly who it was; it was like someone had turned on the light inside her.’
      • ‘His Blade Soul was annoyed; Asgard felt it as a hot prickling sensation inside his mind.’
      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.
      ‘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. 1.4Baseball Close to the batter.
      • ‘Weaver hit Larry Walker with a pitch to lead off the sixth inning, one of the many times Weaver went inside on batters.’
      • ‘It's ridiculous the way some umps go out and warn a pitcher if he throws inside to a batter.’
    5. 1.5 (in basketball, soccer, and other sports) closer to the center of the field than (another player)
      as preposition ‘he went inside Graves and scored near the post’
      as adverb ‘he does an excellent job of getting the ball inside to Randall’
      • ‘This play is dirt-simple and works effectively if you have a player that can score inside.’
      • ‘Owen's been quiet, but look here: he cuts inside from the left and whips in a purler.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2preposition In less than (the period of time specified)

    ‘the oven will have paid for itself inside 18 months’
    • ‘Ballina will hopefully see completion of phase two of the town sewerage scheme inside the next fifteen 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Mr Krishna Dutt has told you that he has confirmed most of our promises inside the last 12 months.’
    • ‘The party is expected to re-convene a selection convention inside the next month.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Police are investigating a third terrifying raid on a chain of newsagents inside a month.’
    • ‘There is a strong move within the parliamentary party to pick a new leader inside the next month.’

Phrases

  • inside of

    • 1informal Within.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

inside

Noun/ɪnˈsaɪd/

inside

Preposition/inˈsīd/