outside

The outside of something is the part that's visible to the world. A neighbor who's used to the tidy outside of your house might be shocked by the mess inside.

Your perfect chocolate chip cookies might be crunchy on the outside, but soft inside, and when your friends eat them, they'll look as happy on the outside as they feel inside. Outside is also an adjective, for talking about the outside temperature or your outside lights that automatically turn on at dusk. If you're on the outside of some group, you don't feel like you belong, and if someone talks about "an outside chance," they mean a very unlikely possibility.

Definitions of outside
  1. noun
    the region that is outside of something
    synonyms: exterior
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    Antonyms:
    inside, interior
    the region that is inside of something
    types:
    open, open air, out-of-doors, outdoors
    where the air is unconfined
    type of:
    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  2. adjective
    originating or belonging beyond some bounds:"the outside world"
    outside interests”
    “an outside job”
    Synonyms:
    external
    happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface
  3. adjective
    functioning outside the boundaries or precincts of an organized unit
    Synonyms:
    extramural
    carried on outside the bounds of an institution or community
  4. adjective
    from or between other countries
    “developing nations need outside help”
    synonyms: external, international
    foreign
    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
  5. adjective
    coming from the outside
    “disdaining outside pressure groups”
    synonyms: external, extraneous
    extrinsic
    not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
  6. adjective
    leading to or from the outside
    “an outside door”
    Synonyms:
    exterior
    situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building
  7. adjective
    located, suited for, or taking place in the open air
    synonyms: out-of-door, outdoor
    exterior
    situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building
    alfresco, open-air
    in the open air
    outdoorsy
    characteristic of or suitable to outdoor life
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    indoor
    located, suited for, or taking place within a building
    interior
    situated within or suitable for inside a building
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  8. adverb
    outside a building
    “in summer we play outside
    synonyms: alfresco, out of doors, outdoors
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    Antonyms:
    indoors, inside
    within a building
  9. noun
    the outer side or surface of something
    synonyms: exterior
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    Antonyms:
    inside, interior
    the inner or enclosed surface of something
    type of:
    surface
    the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
  10. adjective
    relating to or being on or near the outer side or limit
    “an outside margin”
    Synonyms:
    external
    happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface
    after-school
    outside regular school hours
    extracurricular
    outside the regular duties of your job or profession
    extracurricular
    outside the regular academic curriculum
    right
    (of the side of cloth or clothing) facing or intended to face outward
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    inside
    relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space
    internal
    happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface
    wrong
    used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward
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  11. adjective
    on or toward an outer edge
    “the outside lane”
    Synonyms:
    outer
    being on the outside or further from a center
  12. adjective
    (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
    “an outside pitch”
    synonyms: away
    inaccurate
    not exact
  13. adverb
    on the outside
    outside, the box is black”
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    Antonyms:
    inside, within
    on the inside
  14. adjective
    very unlikely
    “an outside chance”
    synonyms: remote
    unlikely
    has little chance of being the case or coming about
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