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[prep. in-sahyd, in-sahyd; adv. in-sahyd; n. in-sahyd; adj. in-sahyd, in-, in-sahyd] /prep. ˌɪnˈsaɪd, ˈɪnˌsaɪd; adv. ˌɪnˈsaɪd; n. ˈɪnˈsaɪd; adj. ˌɪnˈsaɪd, ˈɪn-, ˈɪnˌsaɪd/
on the inner side or part of; within:
inside the circle; inside the envelope.
prior to the elapse of; within:
He promised to arrive inside an hour.
in or into the inner part:
Please go inside.
They play inside on rainy days.
within one's heart, reason, etc.; by true nature; basically:
I know inside that he's not guilty. Inside, she's really very shy.
Slang. in prison.
the inner or internal part; interior:
the inside of the house.
the inner side or surface:
the inside of the hand; He pinned the money to the inside of his jacket.
Usually, insides. Informal. the inner parts of the body, especially the stomach and intestines:
The coffee scalded my insides.
a select or inner circle of power, prestige, etc.:
a man on the inside.
the shortest of several parallel, curving tracks or lanes; the part of an oval track closest to the inner rail:
The horse came up fast on the inside.
the inward nature, mind, feelings, etc.
Slang. confidential or secret information.
an inside passenger or place in a coach, carriage, etc.
situated or being on or in the inside; interior; internal:
an inside seat.
acting, employed, done, or originating within a building or place:
He used to work on the dock but now he has an inside job.
derived from the inner circle of those concerned in and having private knowledge of a situation:
inside information.
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing between home plate and the batter:
The pitch was low and inside.
inside of, Informal. within the space or period of:
Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
inside out,
  1. with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
  2. thoroughly; completely:
    She knew the work inside out.
Origin of inside
1350-1400; Middle English; see in, side1
7. Inside, interior both refer to the inner part or space within something. Inside is a common word, and is used with reference to things of any size, small or large: the inside of a pocket. Interior, somewhat more formal, denotes the inner part or the space or regions within; it usually suggests considerable size or extent, and sometimes a richness of decoration: the interior of a country, of the earth, of a cathedral.
7. outside, exterior. Unabridged
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  • In the rear is the cabin, its misty windows glowing wanly with the light of a lamp inside.
  • Run a knife around inside of moulds, so that when taken out shapes may have a rough surface, suggesting a fresh tomato.
  • When done, the product should feel dry on the outside but should be slightly soft inside.
  • We painted her, both inside and out, from the truck to the water's edge.
  • To fasten the hook on the inside they must be at home, don't you see.
  • Some brides prefer to remove their left glove by merely pulling it inside out at the altar.
  • The buildings have been completely painted inside and out in a manner not contemplated at the outset.
  • If your inside be never so beautiful, you must preserve a fair outside also.
  • Modern medicine offers doctors a panoply of less invasive tools to thrust inside disease-stricken bodies.
  • The results, inside and outside the euro zone, were much the same: lower interest rates that sent house prices mad.
British Dictionary definitions for inside


noun (ˈɪnˈsaɪd)
the interior; inner or enclosed part or surface
the side of a path away from the road or adjacent to a wall
(also pl) (informal) the internal organs of the body, esp the stomach and bowels
inside of, in a period of time less than; within
inside out, with the inside facing outwards
know something inside out, to know something thoroughly or perfectly
preposition (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)
in or to the interior of; within or to within; on the inside of
adjective (ˈɪnˌsaɪd)
on or of an interior; on the inside: an inside door
(prenominal) arranged or provided by someone within an organization or building, esp illicitly: the raid was an inside job, inside information
adverb (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)
within or to within a thing or place; indoors
by nature; fundamentally: inside, he's a good chap
(slang) in or into prison
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Word Origin and History for inside

late 14c., ynneside "interior of the body," compound of in (adv.) + side (n.). The adjective is 1610s, from the noun. Inside job "robbery, espionage, etc., committed by or with the help of a resident or servant of a place" is attested by 1887, American English (also, late 19c., early 20c., "indoors work"). Inside track "advantage" is metaphoric because those lanes are shorter on a curved track. Inside of, in reference to time, is from 1839.

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In prison (1888+ Prison)

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