Definition of outer in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtə


  • 1Outside; external: the outer layer of the skin the outer door
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Further from the centre or inside: the outer city bypass
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    • ‘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
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    • 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.
    outlying, distant, remote, faraway, furthest, peripheral, fringe, border, marginal, suburban, perimeter
  • 2Objective or physical; not subjective.
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    • 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.


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  • 1An outer garment or part of one: boots with stiff leather outers
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    • It has a micromesh outer which limits the vest to less than 1 kilogram in weight, and has pockets of gel sewn in to it which can hold temperature for long periods.
    • The moccasin is made of a sheep hide reversed to give the comfort of wool and the false impression of security by the leather outer.
    • My cigarette smoke is miniscule compared to the pollution that clings to our innards and outers from factories and traffic and from the unseen dangers caused by radio waves or electricity.
  • 2(In archery and shooting) the division of a target furthest from the bullseye.
  • 2.1A shot that strikes the outer.
  • 3A container in which packaged objects are placed for transport or display.
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    • In 1971 he joined the boxmills operation where approximately one-third of all the company's packaging was manufactured - especially Christmas chocolate boxes, decorated outers and printed wrappers.
    • Most cases are made of cardboard outers, with cardboard vertical or papier mâché horizontal dividers.
  • 4Australian informal The part of a racecourse outside the enclosure.
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    • From the outer - during the last quarter as the Bombers stalled going forward - the cry ‘Lead for him’ could be heard from the crowd.
    • How many times have I sat there in the outer, or on my lounge chair and watched them so nearly get it together, only to be methodically dismantled in the last twenty minutes?
    • He remembered occasions in the outer in the 1960s and '70s when a space would suddenly clear to reveal knots of men belting into each other.


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

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