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[out-lahy-ing] /ˈaʊtˌlaɪ ɪŋ/
lying at a distance from the center or the main body; remote; out-of-the-way:
outlying military posts.
lying outside the boundary or limit.
Origin of outlying
1655-65; out- + lying2 Unabridged
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  • The timber-frame arbor shown at left covers an outlying patio on the same property, and it is truly spectacular in the daylight.
  • Probably there will always be a body of short narrative pieces, their authorship and origin lost, preserved in outlying regions.
  • Over time, violence in the outlying areas of the cities dropped sharply and land values rose.
  • The town was replanned in the form of outlying suburbs whereas the old town had dense housing around the commercial city centre.
  • For those in outlying areas with minimal exposure risk, one proffered solution might even be enjoyable: drink red wine.
  • Synthetic meat could be grown in any city instead of a outlying farm, reducing local and global transportation of meat.
  • In the end each clan on the outlying coasts beyond the whale-road had to yield to him and begin to pay tribute.
  • Ten thousand residents have returned to the less damaged outlying areas.
  • The small town and outlying areas still count on revenues from cotton.
  • But the time to hurl a probe toward that outlying world is close at hand.
British Dictionary definitions for outlying


distant or remote from the main body or centre, as of a town or region
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Word Origin and History for outlying

"outside certain limits," 1660s, from out + present participle of lie (v.2). Meaning "remote from the center" is first recorded 1680s.

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