Definition of inside in English:


Syllabification: in·side


Pronunciation: /ˈinˈsīd
  • 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.
    stomach, gut, internal organs, bowels, intestines
    informal belly, tummy, guts, innards, viscera
  • 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: /ˌinˈsīd, ˈinˌsīd
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  • 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: /ˌinˈsīd
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  • 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!
  • 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.
In 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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