An example of within is milk being inside the refrigerator.
- in or into the interior; on the inside; internally
- inside the body, mind, heart, etc.; inwardly
Origin of withinMiddle English withinne from Old English withinnan from with, with + innan, within, into from in, in
- in the inner part of; inside
- not beyond in distance, time, degree, range, scope, etc.: within a mile, within one's experience
- inside the limits of: within the law
- In or into the inner part; inside: “restaurants and wine houses jammed along the earthen streets … banners flapping to announce the delights within” ( Nicole Mones )
- Inside the mind, heart, or soul; inwardly: the fear that lies within.
- In the inner part or parts of; inside: the streets within the city; resentment seething within him.
- a. Not exceeding the limits or extent of in distance or time: got within ten miles of home; stayed within earshot; arrived within two days.b. Not exceeding the fixed limits of; not beyond: lived within her income.c. In the scope or sphere of: acted within the law; within the medical profession.d. Used to indicate a range to be covered or an amount necessary before something can happen: The team has pulled to within three points and can tie the game with a field goal.
Origin of withinMiddle English withinne from Old English withinnan with with ; see with . innan from within ( from in in ; see in 1. )
- Indicates spatial enclosure or containment.
- within his hearing; within her studio
- Indicates figurative inclusion within the scope of.
- within five seconds of breaking the record; within an inch of falling overboard
- Before the specified duration ends.
- Leave here within three days.
Old English wiÃ¾innan. More at with- +"Ž in.