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 (out-sīd′, out′sīd′)
1. The part or parts that face out; the outer surface.
a. The part or side of an object that is presented to the viewer; the external aspect.
b. Outward aspect or appearance: "You'll never persuade me that I can't tell what men are by their outsides" (George Eliot).
3. The space beyond a boundary or limit.
4. Sports A position at a distance from the inside or center, as of a playing field or racetrack.
5. The utmost limit; the maximum: We'll be leaving in ten days at the outside.
a. Of, relating to, or being on or near the outer side; outer: the outside margin.
b. Of, restricted to, or situated on the outer side of an enclosure or a boundary; external: an outside door lock; an outside antenna.
2. Located away from the inside or center: the outside traffic lane.
a. Acting, occurring, originating, or being at a place beyond certain limits: knew little of the outside world.
b. Gaining or providing access to the external side: an outside telephone line.
a. Not belonging to or originating in a certain group or association: requested outside assistance; deplored outside interference.
b. Being beyond the limits of one's usual work or responsibilities: My outside interests are skiing and sailing.
5. Extreme, uttermost: The costs have exceeded even our outside estimates.
6. Very unlikely; remote: only an outside possibility of winning the tournament.
7. Baseball Passing on the side of home plate away from the batter. Used of a pitch.
1. On or to the outer or external side.
2. Outdoors.
1. On or to the outer or external side of: saw someone outside the window.
2. Beyond the limits of: a little place outside the city.
3. With the exception of; except: We have no other information outside the figures already given.


1. (sometimes foll by of) on or to the exterior of: outside the house.
2. beyond the limits of: outside human comprehension.
3. apart from; other than: no-one knows outside you and me.
4. (prenominal) situated on the exterior: an outside lavatory.
5. remote; unlikely: an outside chance.
6. not a member of
7. the greatest possible or probable (prices, odds, etc)
8. (of a road lane, esp in a dual carriageway or motorway) situated nearer or nearest to the central reservation, for use by faster or overtaking vehicles
9. outside a specified thing or place; out of doors
10. slang not in prison
11. the external side or surface: the outside of the garage.
12. the external appearance or aspect
13. the exterior or outer part of something
14. (of a path, pavement, etc) the side nearest the road or away from a wall or building
15. (General Sporting Terms) sport an outside player, as in football
16. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (plural) the outer sheets of a ream of paper
17. Canadian (in the north) the settled parts of Canada
18. at the outside informal at the most or at the greatest extent: two days at the outside.
19. outside in another term for inside out. See inside5
Usage: The use of outside of and inside of, although fairly common, is generally thought to be incorrect or non-standard: she waits outside (not outside of) the school


(n. ˈaʊtˈsaɪd, -ˌsaɪd; adj. ˌaʊtˈsaɪd, ˈaʊt-; adv. ˌaʊtˈsaɪd; prep. ˌaʊtˈsaɪd, ˈaʊtˌsaɪd)

1. the outer side, surface, or part; exterior.
2. the external aspect or appearance.
3. the space beyond an enclosure, boundary, etc.
4. a position away or farther away from the inside or center: the horse on the outside.
5. Basketball. a position away or further away from the basket, usu. fifteen feet or more.
6. originating beyond an enclosure, boundary, etc.: news from the outside world.
7. situated on or pertaining to the outside; exterior.
8. situated away from the inside or center: the outside lane.
9. not belonging to a specified group: outside influences.
10. extremely unlikely or remote: an outside chance for recovery.
11. extreme or maximum: an outside estimate.
12. being in addition to one's regular work or duties: an outside interest; an outside job.
13. working on the outside, as of a place: an outside man to care for the grounds.
14. Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing, but not going over, home plate on the side opposite the batter.
15. on or to the outside: Take the dog outside.
16. in or to an area beyond a given place: Citizens are forbidden to travel outside.
17. on the outside of: a noise outside the door.
18. beyond the confines or borders of: visitors from outside the country.
19. aside from: She has no interests outside her work.
1. at the outside, at the utmost limit; at the maximum.
2. outside of, other than; excepting.


Outside can be a preposition or an adverb.

1. used as a preposition

When someone or something is close to a building but not actually inside it, you say that they are outside the building.

I parked outside the hotel.
There are queues for jobs outside the main offices.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone is 'outside of' a building.

2. used as an adverb

You can also say that someone or something is outside or that something is happening outside.

The shouting outside grew louder.
Please could you come and fetch me in 20 minutes? I'll be waiting outside.

When you go outside, you leave a building and go into the open air, but stay quite close to the building.

When they went outside, snow was falling.
Go outside and play for a bit.

If you leave a building in order to go some distance from it, don't say that you go 'outside'. Say that you go out.

When it got dark he went out.
I have to go out. I'll be back late tonight.

You can also say that someone is outside when they are close to a room, for example in a hallway or corridor.

I'd better wait outside in the corridor.
3. another meaning of 'outside'

You can also talk about someone or something being outside a country. When outside is used like this, it does not have 'near' as part of its meaning. If you are outside a country, you can be near the country or a long way away from it.

You'll know this if you have lived outside Britain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.outside - the region that is outside of somethingoutside - the region that is outside of something
open air, outdoors, out-of-doors, open - where the air is unconfined; "he wanted to get outdoors a little"; "the concert was held in the open air"; "camping in the open"
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
inside, interior - the region that is inside of something
2.outside - the outer side or surface of something
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
inside, interior - the inner or enclosed surface of something
Adj.1.outside - relating to or being on or near the outer side or limit; "an outside margin"
external - happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; "the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"
inside - relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space; "he reached into his inside jacket pocket"; "inside out"; "an inside pitch is between home plate and the batter"
2.outside - coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"
extrinsic - not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside; "extrinsic evidence"; "an extrinsic feature of the new building"; "that style is something extrinsic to the subject"; "looking for extrinsic aid"
3.outside - originating or belonging beyond some bounds:"the outside world"; "outside interests"; "an outside job"
external - happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface; "the external auditory canal"; "external pressures"
4.outside - located, suited for, or taking place in the open air; "outdoor clothes"; "badminton and other outdoor games"; "a beautiful outdoor setting for the wedding"
exterior - situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building; "an exterior scene"; "exterior grade plywood"; "exterior paints"
5.outside - functioning outside the boundaries or precincts of an organized unit; "extramural hospital care and treatment"; "extramural studies"
extramural - carried on outside the bounds of an institution or community; "extramural sports"
6.outside - leading to or from the outside; "an outside door"
exterior - situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building; "an exterior scene"; "exterior grade plywood"; "exterior paints"
7.outside - from or between other countries; "external commerce"; "international trade"; "developing nations need outside help"
foreign - of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own); "foreign trade"; "a foreign office"
8.outside - very unlikely; "an outside chance"; "a remote possibility"; "a remote contingency"
unlikely - has little chance of being the case or coming about; "an unlikely story"; "an unlikely candidate for reelection"; "a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism"
9.outside - on or toward an outer edge; "an outer lane"; "the outside lane"
outer - being on the outside or further from a center; "spent hours adorning the outer man"; "the outer suburbs"
10.outside - (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batteroutside - (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter; "the pitch was away (or wide)"; "an outside pitch"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
inaccurate - not exact; "an inaccurate translation"; "the thermometer is inaccurate"
Adv.1.outside - outside a buildingoutside - outside a building; "in summer we play outside"
indoors, inside - within a building; "in winter we play inside"
2.outside - on the outside; "outside, the box is black"
within, inside - on the inside; "inside, the car is a mess"


1. exterior, face, front, covering, skin, surface, shell, coating, finish, façade, topside the outside of the building Grill until the outsides are browned.
1. external, outer, exterior, surface, extreme, outdoor, outward, superficial, extraneous, outermost, extramural Cracks are beginning to appear on the outside wall.
external inside, internal, interior, indoor, inner, inward, innermost, intramural
2. remote, small, unlikely, slight, slim, poor, distant, faint, marginal, doubtful, dubious, slender, meagre, negligible, inconsiderable I thought I had an outside chance of winning.
1. outdoors, out, out of the house, out-of-doors I went outside and sat on the steps.
on the outside looking in left out, excluded, snubbed, shunned, shut out, cold-shouldered, cast out, ostracized, given the cold shoulder He was again on the outside looking in.
Usage: The use of outside of and inside of, although fairly common, is generally thought to be incorrect or nonstandard: She waits outside (not outside of) the school.


The greatest quantity or highest degree attainable:
Small in degree, especially of probability:
إلى الخارِج، في الخارِجخَارِجٌخَارِجُخارِجخارِج، الجِهَة الخارجِيَّه
ulkopuolellaulkopuolella olevaulkopuoli
aî utanfyrir utanmjög litlar líkurút, úti, utandyrautanaîkomandi
...의 밖에밖에서외부외부의
autsaiderisiš laukoiš šalies teikiamasišorinė pusėlauko pusė
ārāārējais, ārpuses-ārpusārpuse, ārieneļoti niecīgs
çok az/zayıfdışdış taraftadış. haricîdışarda
bên ngoàiở ngoài


A. ADVfuera, afuera (esp LAm)
to be/go outsideestar/salir fuera
seen from outsidevisto desde fuera
B. PREP (also outside of)
1. (= not inside) → fuera de, afuera de (LAm); (= beyond) → más allá de
outside the cityfuera de la ciudad, en las afueras de la ciudad
it's outside the normal rangecae fuera del alcance normal
the car outside the houseel coche que está frente a la casa
he waited outside the dooresperó en la puerta
2. (= not within) → fuera de
this matter is outside their jurisdictioneste asunto queda fuera de su competencia
that's outside our terms of referenceeso no entra dentro de nuestro cometido
it's outside my experienceno tengo experiencia en eso
1. (= exterior) [wall] → exterior; [door] → que da a la calle; (= outdoors) [patio, swimming pool] → descubierto, al aire libre; (= alien) [influence] → externo
outside broadcast (Rad, TV) → retransmisión f desde exteriores
outside callllamada f de fuera
the outside lane (Brit) (Aut) → el carril de la derecha; (most other countries) → el carril de la izquierda
outside line (Telec) → línea f exterior
an outside seatun asiento al lado del pasillo
his parents shielded him from the outside worldsus padres le protegieron del mundo exterior
2. (= unlikely) an outside chanceuna posibilidad remota
3. (= of another organization, person) outside contractorcontratista mf independiente
to get an outside opinionpedir una opinión independiente
D. N
1. (= outer part) → exterior m, parte f exterior
judging from the outsidea juzgar por las apariencias
to open a window from the outsideabrir una ventana desde fuera
on the outsidepor fuera
to overtake on the outside (Brit) (Aut) → adelantar or (Mex) rebasar por la derecha; (most other countries) → adelantar or (Mex) rebasar por la izquierda
2. (= maximum) at the (very) outsidea lo sumo, como máximo


(gen)extérieur m
from outside → de l'extérieur
They heard voices coming from outside → Ils entendirent des voix venant de l'extérieur.
at the outside (= at the most) → au plus (= at the latest) → au plus tard
adj (gen)extérieur(e)
the outside walls → les murs extérieurs
a group of outside consultants → un groupe de consultants extérieurs
the outside world → le monde extérieur outside toilet, outside chance
It's very cold outside → Il fait très froid dehors.
(describing position)à l'extérieur de
outside the school → à l'extérieur de l'école
Wait outside the door
BUT Attendez dehors.
wearing his shirt outside his jeans
BUT la chemise hors de son jean.
just outside Leeds → à la sortie de Leeds
a small village just outside Leeds → un petit village à la sortie de Leeds
outside California (= except in California) → hors de la Californie
Nobody outside California knew much about him → Hors de la Californie, on ne le connaissait guère.
(not within organization)en dehors de
He is hoping to recruit a chairman from outside the company
BUT Il espère recruter un président extérieur à la compagnie.
(referring to time)
outside school hours → en dehors des heures de cours
(= beyond) → au-delà
It's outside my price range → C'est au-delà de mes possibilités.
a beautiful guitar, but way outside my price range → une belle guitare, mais bien au-delà de mes possibilités
(= apart from) → à l'exception de
outside left, outside rightoutside broadcast némission f réalisée en extérieuroutside chance npetite chance f
to have an outside chance of doing sth → avoir une petite chance de faire qch
He's got an outside chance of winning → Il a une petite chance de gagner.
there's an outside chance that ... → il y a une petite chance pour que ...+ subj
There's an outside chance that we'll arrive late on Friday → Il y a une petite chance pour que nous arrivions vendredi soir tard.outside lane n (right-hand)voie f de droite; (left-hand)voie f de gauche
[running track] → couloir m extérieuroutside left nailier m gaucheoutside line nligne extérieure


(of house, car, object)Außenseite f; the outside of the car is greendas Auto ist (von) außen grün; the outside of the post (Ftbl) → der Außenpfosten; to open the door from the outsidedie Tür von außen öffnen; they were smuggled in from the outsidesie wurden von draußen eingeschmuggelt; to stay on the outside of a groupsich in einer Gruppe im Hintergrund halten; people on the outside (of society)Menschen außerhalb der Gesellschaft; to overtake on the outside (Brit) → außen überholen; judging from the outside (fig)wenn man es als Außenstehender beurteilt
(= extreme limit) at the (very) outsideim äußersten Falle, äußerstenfalls
(= external)Außen-, äußere(r, s); consultant, investor, examiner, opinionextern; an outside broadcasteine nicht im Studio produzierte Sendung; an outside broadcast from Wimbledoneine Sendung aus Wimbledon; outside call (Telec) → externer Anruf; to get some outside helpHilfe von außen holen; outside influencesäußere Einflüsse, Einflüsse von außen; outside seat (in a row) → Außensitz m, → Platz mam Gang; outside workfreie Mitarbeit; I’m doing outside work on the dictionaryich arbeite freiberuflich am Wörterbuch mit
priceäußerste(r, s); at an outside estimatemaximal
(= very unlikely) an outside chanceeine kleine Chance
adv (= on the outer side)außen; (of house, room, vehicle)draußen; to be outsidedraußen sein; to go outsidenach draußen gehen; seen from outsidevon außen gesehen; put the cat outsidebring die Katze raus (inf)or nach draußen; I feel outside it allich komme mir so ausgeschlossen vor
prep (also outside of)
(= on the outer side of)außerhalb (+gen); outside Californiaaußerhalb Kaliforniens; outside Londonaußerhalb von London; visitors from outside the areaBesucher plvon außerhalb; to be outside somethingaußerhalb einer Sache sein; to go outside somethingaus etw gehen; he went outside the houseer ging aus dem/vors/hinters Haus, er ging nach draußen; the noise was coming from outside the houseder Lärm kam von draußen; he is waiting outside the doorer wartet vor der Tür; the car outside the housedas Auto vorm Haus
(= beyond limits of)außerhalb (+gen); it is outside our agreementes geht über unsere Vereinbarung hinaus; outside the Festivalaußerhalb der Festspiele; this falls outside the scope of …das geht über den Rahmen (+gen)hinaus; to marry outside one’s religioneine konfessionsverschiedene Ehe eingehen; babies born outside marriageaußerehelich geborene Kinder pl; sex outside marriageSex maußerhalb der Ehe; you’ll have to do it outside office hoursSie müssen das nach Büroschluss erledigen
(= apart from)außer (+dat), → abgesehen von (+dat)


outside aerial
n (Brit) → Außenantenne f
outside half
n (Rugby) → äußerer Halb(spieler)
outside lane
nÜberholspur f
outside left
n (Ftbl, Hockey) → Linksaußenspieler(in) m(f)
outside line
n (Tel) → Amtsanschluss m


outside right
n (Ftbl, Hockey) → Rechtsaußenspieler(in) m(f)
outside temperature
outside toilet
nAußentoilette f
outside wall
nAußenwand f
outside world
nAußenwelt f


1. advfuori, all'esterno
to be/go outside → stare/andare fuori
seen from outside → visto/a dall'esterno or da fuori
2. prep
a.fuori di, all'esterno di
the car outside the house → la macchina fuori della casa
he waited outside the door → aspettò fuori della porta
outside the city → fuori (della) città
don't go outside the garden → non uscire dal giardino
b. (not included in) → al di fuori di
he has no interests outside his job → non ha altri interessi al di fuori del lavoro
it's outside my experience → non ne ho una conoscenza diretta
3. adj
a. (exterior) → esterno/a
an outside seat (in bus, plane) → un posto vicino al corridoio
outside contractor → appaltatore m esterno
to get an outside opinion → chiedere un parere imparziale
b. (maximum, price) → massimo/a, massimale
c. (remote, unlikely) an outside chanceuna vaga possibilità
4. nesterno, esteriore m
to overtake on the outside (Aut) → sorpassare sulla sinistra
judging from the outside (fig) → a giudicare dalle apparenze
at the (very) outside (fig) → al massimo


(ˈautsaid) noun
the outer surface. The outside of the house was painted white.
(ˈautsaid) adjective
1. of, on, or near the outer part of anything. the outside door.
2. not part of (a group, one's work etc). We shall need outside help; She has a lot of outside interests.
3. (of a chance etc) very small.
(autˈsaid) adverb
1. out of, not in a building etc. He went outside; He stayed outside.
2. on the outside. The house looked beautiful outside.
(autˈsaid) preposition
on the outer part or side of; not inside or within. He stood outside the house; He did that outside working hours.
outˈsider noun
1. a person who is not part of a group etc.
2. (in a race etc) a runner who is not expected to win. The race was won by a complete outsider.
at the ˌoutˈside
at the most. I shall be there for an hour at the outside.
outside in
turned so that the inside and outside change places. You're wearing your jersey outside in.


خَارِجٌ, خَارِجُ, خَارِجَاً, خَارِجِيَ před, venkovní, venku, vnějšek uden for, udenfor, udvendige, yderside außen, Außen-, Außenseite, außerhalb απ’ έξω, εκτός από, εξωτερικό, εξωτερικός exterior, fuera, fuera de ulkopuolella, ulkopuolella oleva, ulkopuoli dehors, extérieur, hors de izvan, vani, vanjski, vanjština esterno, facciata, fuori ・・・の外側に, 外側, 外側に, 外側の ...의 밖에, 밖에서, 외부, 외부의 buiten, buitenkant ute, utenfor, utside, utvendig na zewnątrz, poza, zewnętrzna strona, zewnętrzny exterior, externo, fora, lá fora вне, внешний, внешняя сторона, снаружи utanför, ute, utsida, utvändig ข้างนอก, ด้านนอก, นอก, ภายนอก dışarı, dışarıda, dışarısı bên ngoài, ở ngoài 在...外, 在外面, 外面, 外面的


n. exterior, apariencia;
prep. fuera de, más allá de.


adj exterior, externo; n exterior m; prep (también — of) fuera de
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So Scraps accompanied him along the street to a house that seemed on the outside exceptionally grimy and dingy.
The Black Smoke drifted slowly riverward all through Monday morning, creep- ing nearer and nearer to us, driving at last along the roadway outside the house that hid us.
It was broad daylight when Anne awoke and sat up in bed, staring confusedly at the window through which a flood of cheery sunshine was pouring and outside of which something white and feathery waved across glimpses of blue sky.
Here day by day Nicolete fed her young soul on the nightingale's-tongues of literature, and put down her book only to listen to the nightingale's- tongues outside.
All up and down the great bluff, we crowded the crevices and outside ledges, and we were all chattering and shrieking in a thousand keys.
Stepping outside the hut, he motioned her to follow him, and a moment later, with his men, he escorted Jane beyond the village, where beneath a great tree the blacks scooped a shallow grave.
She had called him down the second time she walked out with him, because he had gone along on the inside, and she had laid the law down to him that a gentleman always walked on the outside - when he was with a lady.
She had lived in their house and yard and garden; her thoughts never seemed to stray outside that little kingdom.
At last I heard steps outside, and the hostler who had put up the traveler's horse burst into the stable with a lantern, and began to untie the horses, and try to lead them out; but he seemed in such a hurry and so frightened himself that he frightened me still more.
Moreover, in case of an accident happening to the outside balloon, such as getting torn, for instance, the other would remain intact.
Just as in the mist-enveloped hollow near Borodino, so along the entire line outside and above it and especially in the woods and fields to the left, in the valleys and on the summits of the high ground, clouds of powder smoke seemed continually to spring up out of nothing, now singly, now several at a time, some translucent, others dense, which, swelling, growing, rolling, and blending, extended over the whole expanse.
The fact that the oracle for some reason ordered him to go there, is outside the general plan of the play.