from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Outer; external: the exterior door.
  • adj. Originating or acting from the outside: exterior influences on the negotiations.
  • adj. Suitable for use outside: an exterior paint.
  • n. A part or a surface that is outside: the exterior of the house.
  • n. An external or outward appearance: a friendly exterior.
  • n. A representation in visual art of the outdoors: The film includes some striking exteriors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to the outside parts or surface of something.
  • adj. Being from outside a country; foreign.
  • adj. Outdoors.
  • n. The outside part, parts or surface of something.
  • n. Foreign lands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. External; outward; pertaining to that which is external; -- opposed to interior.
  • adj. External; on the outside; without the limits of; extrinsic.
  • adj. Relating to foreign nations; foreign.
  • n. The outward surface or part of a thing; that which is external; outside.
  • n. Outward or external deportment, form, or ceremony; visible act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated or being outside; pertaining to or connected with that which is outside; outward; outlying; external: as, the exterior relations or possessions of a country; an exterior boundary or line of fortification.
  • Related to or connected with the outside; acting or originating from without; outwardly manifested or perceived; not intrinsic.
  • Consisting of or constituting the outer or visible part; outwardly observable; external; manifest.
  • Being on the outer side or outer part; of or pertaining to the outer surface, or to that surface as viewed from the outside: as, the exterior decorations of a church.
  • In botany, on the side away from the axis: same as anterior.
  • n. The outer surface or aspect; the outside; the external features: as, the exterior of a building; we can seldom judge a man by his exterior.
  • n. Outward or visible deportment, form, or ceremony; visible act: as, the exteriors of religion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the region that is outside of something
  • n. the outer side or surface of something
  • adj. situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin, comparative of exter, outward; see eghs in Indo-European roots.



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