- The definition of outside is outer, or the maximum.
- An example of outside used as an adjective is in the phrase "an outside force affected the group," which means a force from beyond the confines of the group affected it.
- An example of outside used as an adjective is in the phrase "an outside limit," which means the maximum limit that something can go.
- Outside is defined as in the outer area, or beyond limits.
An example of outside used as an adverb is in the phrase "play outside," which means to play outdoors.
- Outside means the outer part, or that which is not the inside.
An example of outside is the yard.
Children playing outside.
outside definition by Webster's New World
- the outer side, part, or surface; exterior
- outward aspect or appearance; that part of anything that is presented to view
- that which is obvious or superficial
- any place or area not inside
- of or on the outside; outer
- originating, coming from, or situated beyond given limits; from some other place, person, group, etc.: to accept no outside help
- leading to the outside
- extreme; maximum: an outside estimate
- mere; slight: an outside chance
- Baseball passing home plate beyond the side of the plate that is farthest from the batter
- on or to the outside
- beyond certain limits
- in or into the open air
- on or to the outer side of
- beyond the limits of
- Informal except
outside definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).
- The space beyond a boundary or limit.
- Sports A position at a distance from the inside or center, as of a playing field or racetrack.
- 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.
- 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.
- Extreme, uttermost: The costs have exceeded even our outside estimates.
- Very unlikely; remote: only an outside possibility of winning the tournament.
- Baseball Passing on the side of home plate away from the batter. Used of a pitch.
- On or to the outer or external side.
- On or to the outer or external side of: saw someone outside the window.
- Beyond the limits of: a little place outside the city.
- With the exception of; except: We have no other information outside the figures already given.
outside - Phrases/Idioms
at the outside
- Informal other than; except for