Definition of inside in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈsīd/
1 [usually in singular] The inner side or surface of a thing: she ran a finger around the inside of the bowl
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  • He spied the empty margarine tub next to the stove and ran his finger around the inside, licking the remnants greedily from his hands.
  • With this loop you cannot tell which side is the inside and which is the outside.
  • Slice the baguette in half lengthways and brush the inside with the oil, pressing it firmly into the bread.
interior, inner part;
center, core, middle, heart
1.1The side of a bend or curve where the edge or surface is shorter: the inside of the bend
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  • Built on the inside of a bend in the river most of the city was below sea level.
1.2The side of a racetrack nearer to the center, where the lanes are shorter: he was blocked on the inside at the furlong marker
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  • 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.
  • You take risks when you go around the inside, but eight times out of 10 it will win you races.
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
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  • Too sweet a potato will burn on the outside before the inside has a chance to cook.
  • From this, we find that the inside, like the outside, is a bit yellow.
  • The building is pretty much the same on the outside but the inside is very different.
2.1 (usually insides) informal The stomach and bowels: my insides are out of order
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  • A strange burning in her legs reached up to her stomach and twisted her insides.
  • Joe was attacked and had a massive hole in his body with his insides hanging out.
  • 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.
3 (the inside) informal A position affording private information: will you be my spy on the inside?
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈinˌsīd/
Pronunciation: /inˈsīd/
1Situated on or in, or derived from, the inside: an inside pocket
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  • Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one which can fasten never in your back pocket
  • He tucks it swiftly in the inside pocket of his denim jacket, and will never feel the need to wear a comedy
  • And to ensure she does not lose the ring, she says she will glue it to the inside pocket of her suit.
1.1(In some team sports) denoting positions nearer to the center of the field: possibly the best inside linebacker in the country
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  • Johnson has a lot of that in him; he's around the ball a lot, even from his inside position.
  • The quarterback hands the ball off deep in the backfield to create the illusion of an inside zone play.
  • But Snee has proved himself at inside centre and Oldfield has also proved himself.
1.2(Of a pitch in baseball) passing between the batter and the strike zone: an inside pitch to a right-handed hitter
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  • 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.
  • The club wanted him to drive the ball to the gaps and pull the inside pitch.

preposition& adverb

Pronunciation: /inˈsīd/
1Situated within the confines of (something): [as preposition]: a radio was playing inside the apartment he fitted a light inside the cupboard [as adverb]: Mr. Jackson is waiting for you inside
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  • The salty breeze and the large beach are a welcome relief for many who are cooped up inside flats and apartments.
  • It must be freezing out there, or perhaps it's just hot inside the confines of the apartment.
  • A casino and arcade games will also be situated inside the house itself.
1.1Moving so as to end up within (something): [as preposition]: Anatoly reached inside his shirt and brought out a map [as adverb]: we walked inside
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  • I watched as the man in the yellow shirt, still in his seat, reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small red book.
  • He reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small bottle, shaped like a flask.
  • Her smile faded and she reached inside her shirt to touch the Nikolas' medallion.
1.2Within (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
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  • His Blade Soul was annoyed; Asgard felt it as a hot prickling sensation inside his mind.
  • Her mind was still blank, and a small voice from inside her mind was screaming for her to run for the hills.
  • It felt like my insides were on fire and were running around screaming inside my body!
inwardly, within, secretly, privately, deep down, at heart, emotionally, intuitively, instinctively
1.3 informal In prison: sentenced to three years inside
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  • 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;
locked up, imprisoned, incarcerated
informal behind bars, doing time
1.4 Baseball Close to the batter.
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  • It's ridiculous the way some umps go out and warn a pitcher if he throws inside to a batter.
  • Weaver hit Larry Walker with a pitch to lead off the sixth inning, one of the many times Weaver went inside on batters.
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
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  • 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.
  • This play is dirt-simple and works effectively if you have a player that can score inside.
  • Frings cuts inside from the right and fires the ball at Bierhoff, who swivels and shoots.
2 [preposition] In less than (the period of time specified): the oven will have paid for itself inside 18 months
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  • Moral of the story: if you can't do something yourself inside a reasonable period of time, pay someone else to do it.
  • 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?
  • It is expected that the entire development down to Shanvaghera will be completed inside a few months.


inside of

informal Within: something inside of me wanted to believe him
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  • He stood in the crisp air inside of the forbidding black tower, staring thoughtfully out towards the south.
  • 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.
  • Before they could go inside of the room a gust of wind blew from within the room.
1.1In less than (the period of time specified): rerigging a ship for a voyage inside of a week
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  • The centurions club is an elite club of people who can run or walk 100 miles inside of 24 hours.
  • It's not necessarily bucketing down, but coming down hard enough that we were both soaked to the skin inside of fifteen minutes.
  • Two missed scores and two points inside of four minutes of the restart had Carlow back within a goal of their opponents.


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

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Syllabification: in·side

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