Definition of exterior in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌikˈstirēər/


1Forming, situated on, or relating to the outside of something: exterior and interior walls
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  • Stained glass decor is commonly used by architects and interior decorators on exterior windows, wall spaces and entry ways.
  • Rigid foam panels can be used to insulate both interior and exterior walls.
  • If a window leaks water, interior finishes or exterior wall materials can be damaged.
1.1Coming from outside: exterior noise
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  • For these, designs are carved on the outside and special exterior lighting is used to illuminate them.
  • Both rooms can also be cooled with a fan from outside once exterior temperatures are low enough.
  • Assuming the case blocks 8dB, that will leave us with an exterior noise level of 44dBA adjacent to the case.
1.2(In filming) outdoor: exterior locations
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  • The series shoots interiors at studios in Canada, but allows for exterior sequences to be filmed on location in Los Angeles.
  • All of the exterior scenes were filmed in the middle of the night and I was barefoot.
  • Because so much of the movie is set on one exterior location, the texture of the color is a key character in the film.


1The outer surface or structure of something: a jar with floral designs on the exterior
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  • A long line of cars came into view, chrome exteriors reflecting the surface of the world around them.
  • Brush exterior with surface conditioner and let air dry.
  • To emphasize the sculptural, three-dimensional aspect, he started playing with the surface texture of the exterior and the uneven forms of the cow.
1.1The outer structure of a building: the museum has a modern exterior
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  • The bank building has a windowless exterior, with wide glass entrance doors.
  • Many data centers and telecom building exteriors and lobbies, for instance, are blast-proof with ballistic glazing up to 30 feet high.
  • Arranging for placement on building exteriors or roofs was either impossible or would have added to the implementation time.
outside, outer surface, external surface, outward appearance, facade
1.2A person’s behavior and appearance, often contrasted with their true character: beneath that assured exterior, she’s vulnerable
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  • Beneath his military exterior, a gentler character had lurked, who loved music, painting and poetry and who knitted socks while under German fire.
  • He looks more fragile suddenly, as if beneath the neatly handsome exterior, the confident demeanour, glimpses of a private self have been revealed.
  • Despite his smooth exterior, the arrogant person is, ironically, restrained and inhibited from expressing his true self.
1.3(In filming) an outdoor scene.
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  • The political situation at that time precluded filming the exteriors on real South-East Asian locations, and the studio jungle looks unconvincing.
  • Griffith made me realize something else: I was wondering how to film the exteriors, i.e. how to insert the characters into the scenery.
  • And I directed the exteriors and street scenes.



Pronunciation: /ikˌstirēˈôrədē/ Pronunciation: /ekˌstirēˈôrədē/ Pronunciation: /ekˌstērēˈôrədē/ Pronunciation: /ikˌstērēˈôrədē/
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  • And I've got to do some thinking about the ties between this and notions of the visible and invisible, interiority / exteriority, us/other.
  • I think jazz performance involves imagining a kind of exteriority, being receptive to what is acoustically ‘out there’ in every sense.
  • Marxism is Jameson's privileged hermeneutic by virtue of its breadth and its resolute exteriority to postmodernism.


Pronunciation: /ikˈstirēərlē/ Pronunciation: /ekˈstirēərlē/ Pronunciation: /ekˈstērēərlē/ Pronunciation: /ikˈstērēərlē/
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  • An exteriorly accessible rotatable member is associated with the one-way clutch mechanism for selectively deactivating the one-way clutch mechanism to prevent movement of the inner casing in the second direction.
  • Its anterior siphonal notch is shallow and not adjacent to the columella, and its two nearly parallel folds strengthen within the aperture and are less visible exteriorly.
  • The lateral ends of the first primibrachials and first and second secundibrachials are in contact but moderately inset from the exteriorly convex medial part of the plates.


Early 16th century: from Latin, comparative of exter 'outer'.

  • extreme from Late Middle English:

    This comes via Old French from Latin extremus, literally ‘outermost’, the superlative of exterus ‘outer’ source of exterior (early 16th century).

Words that rhyme with exterior

Algeria, anterior, bacteria, Bashkiria, cafeteria, criteria, cryptomeria, diphtheria, hysteria, Iberia, inferior, interior, Liberia, listeria, Nigeria, posterior, Siberia, superior, ulterior, wisteria

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Syllabification: ex·te·ri·or

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