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outer

Syllabification: out·er
Pronunciation: /ˈoudər
 
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Definition of outer in English:

adjective

[attributive]
1Outside; external: the outer door
More example sentences
  • She came to a stop outside the outer door to the king's privy chamber, swallowing hard.
  • He also admits he might be running out of countries since his brand of humour touches only ‘a very superficial outer layer’ of each place.
  • Skinflint walkers can walk on by the gatehouse and follow the deep ditch that runs outside the high outer curtain of 14 th-century walls.
Synonyms
1.1Further from the center or inside: the outer hall at the museum’s main entrance
More example sentences
  • ‘There's no comparison between Manchester city centre and the outer areas and it would help everybody in the area,’ he added.
  • In the last seven years, more than 80,000 households have been relocated from city centre to outer areas.
  • Surely it makes sense to develop that and allow a phased switch from the city centre to an outer Dublin location.
1.2(Especially in place names) more remote: Outer Mongolia
More example sentences
  • He spent his childhood and teenage years in the suburbs of outer London, already marginalised, already looking in at the centre from the edges.
  • It sounds more like the quality of life in a struggling inner-city area than a leafy outer London suburb like Bexley.
Synonyms
outlying, distant, remote, faraway, furthest, peripheral;
suburban
1.3Objective or physical; not subjective.
Example sentences
  • We work with the outer form of our physical existence by bringing our complete attention to the physical body, which is the primary basis for our clinging.
  • The film plays with the concepts of inner beauty and outer beauty, physical beauty and the beauty of true emotions.
  • Strictly speaking, our knowledge reaches only as far as the phenomena of inner and outer experience.

Origin

late Middle English: from out + -er2, replacing earlier utter1.

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