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[ou-ter] /ˈaʊ tər/
situated on or toward the outside; external; exterior:
outer garments; an outer wall.
situated farther out or farther from the center:
the outer reaches of space.
of or relating to the external world.
Origin of outer
1350-1400; Middle English; see out, -er4
Related forms
outerness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outer
  • Align and add outer foot using two screws as shown above.
  • Cull your largest pods for the outer ring of the wreath.
  • Nearly every outer leaf makes its own flower, so the bigger the plant, the heavier the bloom.
  • Open the umbrella to determine the height of the outer rim.
  • Remove fibrous outer layers and coarse leafy tops, and trim root.
  • With tongs, set inner lid on top of jar rim, then the outer ring.
  • Academic buildings are positioned on the outer fringes along the water, and students sit on benches, studying.
  • Two hours of driving each way pushes at the outer limits of sanity, but many academics have similar commutes or even longer.
  • Remove the outer layer blinders and look at who people really are.
  • And rents are higher for family sized apartments and are comparable even in the outer boroughs.
British Dictionary definitions for outer


adjective (prenominal)
being or located on the outside; external
further from the middle or central part
  1. the white outermost ring on a target
  2. a shot that hits this ring
(Austral) the unsheltered part of the spectator area at a sports ground
(Austral & NZ, informal) on the outer, excluded or neglected
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Word Origin and History for outer

late 14c., comparative of out (on analogy of inner), replacing by 18c. forms descended from Old English uttera (comp. of Old English ut "out") which developed into utter and was no longer felt as connected with out. Outer space first attested 1901 in writings of H.G. Wells.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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