Meaning of exterior in English:


Pronunciation /ɪkˈstɪərɪə/ /ɛkˈstɪərɪə/

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  • 1Forming, situated on, or relating to the outside of something.

    ‘exterior and interior walls’
    • ‘Stained glass decor is commonly used by architects and interior decorators on exterior windows, wall spaces and entry ways.’
    • ‘Rigid foam panels can be used to insulate both interior and exterior walls.’
    • ‘If a window leaks water, interior finishes or exterior wall materials can be damaged.’
    • ‘Is there space at the joint between the frame and the interior and exterior walls of the house?’
    • ‘The exterior metal gates at Hennessy Centre, which houses the Mitsukoshi department store, were halfway down before the march started.’
    • ‘The ends of the building, without double glass walls, are shaded by an exterior metal mesh.’
    • ‘Galvanized sheet metal was chosen for the exterior walls and roof because of its economy and durability.’
    • ‘These are assigned to exterior and interior walls.’
    • ‘The couple who owns the Colorado house selected moss rock from Wyoming for the exterior and interior walls.’
    • ‘Cllr Moore said that a lot of the recently built housing in the town had electrical problems, interior and exterior decoration problems, and rubbish problems.’
    • ‘Sava Haralanov and Mincho Nikiforov's paintings depict the interior and exterior facets of a working family atmosphere.’
    • ‘Of course, it turned freakishly sunny, pumping the contrast between interior and exterior light too high.’
    • ‘Dismantlers are always a good source of interior and exterior trim (though bumpers are often the first thing to go in an accident).’
    • ‘On offer is a high standard of interior and exterior finish.’
    • ‘As you can see from the photo below the walls survive and are covered in ivy, while what would have been the interior is now an exterior park area, a nice and quiet place to sit.’
    • ‘A gray window pane in the image on the far left defines the boundary between interior and exterior space.’
    • ‘Overall, it is packed with interior and exterior features to boost comfort, safety and security, so full marks there, too.’
    • ‘Floors, walls and ceilings are decorated in both interior and exterior spaces.’
    • ‘Folded planes and porous, exterior materials like perforated metal are the norm these days.’
    • ‘All cracks on both interior and exterior surfaces must be filled.’
    outer, outside, outermost, outward, external, surface, superficial, extrinsic, visible
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    1. 1.1Coming from outside.
      ‘exterior noise’
      • ‘For these, designs are carved on the outside and special exterior lighting is used to illuminate them.’
      • ‘Both rooms can also be cooled with a fan from outside once exterior temperatures are low enough.’
      • ‘Assuming the case blocks 8dB, that will leave us with an exterior noise level of 44dBA adjacent to the case.’
      • ‘Exterior noise sources abound, with the most common being aircraft and traffic.’
      • ‘With regard to exterior noise, the codes usually require measurement of the exterior acoustic environment in order to determine the performance standard.’
    2. 1.2(in filming) outdoor.
      ‘exterior locations’
      • ‘The series shoots interiors at studios in Canada, but allows for exterior sequences to be filmed on location in Los Angeles.’
      • ‘All of the exterior scenes were filmed in the middle of the night and I was barefoot.’
      • ‘Because so much of the movie is set on one exterior location, the texture of the color is a key character in the film.’
      • ‘According to Liu, the second and third phases of construction will focus on the subsequent stages of film processing and exterior shooting.’
      • ‘Filmed in Alberta and Colorado, every exterior shot portrays the mercilessness of winter in the high mountains.’
      • ‘Except for some exterior shots done in Washington, the film was shot entirely at Columbia studios.’
      • ‘It is really the exterior shots and fight sequences which give the film its scope and grandeur.’
      • ‘From that episode on, no actors are seen in exterior shots, which remained on the show only to establish where the scene took place before they came to a shot of the indoor set.’
      • ‘So there is an overall colour-coding characteristic that is certainly true of all the exterior shots of the film.’
      • ‘Two further weeks were spent on an exterior set, built into the ruins of a castle outside Prague, where the streets of London were constructed.’
      open air, out-of-doors, outside, exterior, external
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  • 1The outer surface or structure of something.

    ‘a jar with floral designs on the exterior’
    • ‘A long line of cars came into view, chrome exteriors reflecting the surface of the world around them.’
    • ‘Brush exterior with surface conditioner and let air dry.’
    • ‘To emphasize the sculptural, three-dimensional aspect, he started playing with the surface texture of the exterior and the uneven forms of the cow.’
    • ‘In fact, wrapped around all four sides of the exterior is an interactive communication surface.’
    • ‘The car industry must continue to improve the way that car exteriors are designed, in order to reduce pedestrian injuries in a car accident.’
    • ‘Even more than the exterior, its design is almost subdued and definitely refined, more like a luxury car than a truck.’
    • ‘For elbow pads I suggest any elbow pad with a hard plastic exterior if the surface you play on it very rough.’
    • ‘Coming their way is the advanced lightweight coupé, a two-plus-two car with purposeful and seductive exteriors that take Jaguar design firmly into this new century.’
    • ‘But the appliances have for the most part merely changed their exteriors and veneers without huge leaps into creative realms.’
    • ‘They came in a basket, wrapped in a piece of cloth, still warm, made of the lightest dough, with the crispiest exterior coated in the best cinnamon sugar ever.’
    • ‘I also had a warm roll which was suitably soft inside a crusty exterior.’
    • ‘The design of its exterior is leaner and is found to be more agile looking comprising of large wheels that enhances the vehicle's powerful and capable stance.’
    • ‘He decorates the exterior with an airbrushed design that Kayla creates.’
    • ‘Muddy trainer prints stained the polished floorboards, marring their flawless exterior like blood seeping over a white surface.’
    • ‘Think of heavy metals infused with pigment and sheen like the patina of rich auto exteriors and you've nailed the right color for your next manicure.’
    • ‘The exterior of the bacterial membrane was assembled by replication of a single LPS molecule and a single phospholipid molecule.’
    • ‘The catalytic domain faces the exterior of the plasma membrane and is anchored by a transmembrane-spanning domain.’
    • ‘An end-box on each side of the turret exterior held a prism-type mirror.’
    • ‘Make sure that both the interior and exterior look as close to standard as is possible, as even the smallest modification can alienate potential takers.’
    surface, lamination, overlay, facing, covering, coat, finish, finishing coat, layer, decorative layer, protective layer, cladding, exterior
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    1. 1.1The outer structure of a building.
      ‘the museum has a modern exterior’
      • ‘The bank building has a windowless exterior, with wide glass entrance doors.’
      • ‘Many data centers and telecom building exteriors and lobbies, for instance, are blast-proof with ballistic glazing up to 30 feet high.’
      • ‘Arranging for placement on building exteriors or roofs was either impossible or would have added to the implementation time.’
      • ‘As her mother pulled up into the parking lot, Ekat looked out through the window and saw the exterior of the building.’
      • ‘Keiko took Kakeru, and led him to the door leading to the exterior of the building.’
      • ‘It will also cover the cost of finishing off the exterior of the building.’
      • ‘The exquisite interior matches what the exterior promises with its carved arches and high cupolas.’
      • ‘The exterior is a protected structure but inside had to be gutted.’
      • ‘There was no scope whatsoever for picturesque massing or sculptural effects, making the design of the exterior essentially an exercise in cladding.’
      • ‘Several facets of the glass exterior reveal crisscrossing structural trusses, and parts of the outside are sheathed in copper.’
      • ‘The wood and native stone of the exterior continue inside, helping the house become a part of its rugged ridge-top site.’
      • ‘The rustic qualities of the exterior disappear inside the house.’
      • ‘Such uncomplicated exteriors reduce the amount of exposed surface area on each house to cut heating, cooling and construction costs.’
      • ‘The design of the exterior is simple and in some respects traditional but the lines are clean and fresh.’
      • ‘The detailed appearance of the exterior was designed to maintain the precise circular geometry of the plan.’
      • ‘The building is a simple glass tower with an unusual feature: Its exterior is designed to serve as a screen for a nightly light show.’
      • ‘Inside the hard exterior of ice floats a memory of intricate Victorian-style furniture made of snow.’
      • ‘Hand cut, creamy inside with the crisp exterior of the genuine twice-fried article; these were a dream.’
      • ‘Although the baroque building, which was built in 1907, was recently refurbished inside, the exterior is repeatedly covered in graffiti and overrun with litter.’
      • ‘There are three slightly varied floor plans to choose from, but all of the houses are the same size and have aluminum siding exteriors in yellow, gray, blue, and white.’
      outside, outside surface, outer surface, external surface, outward appearance, outward aspect, externals, facade, front
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    2. 1.2A person's behaviour and demeanour, especially when at variance with their true character.
      ‘beneath that assured exterior, she's vulnerable’
      • ‘Beneath his military exterior, a gentler character had lurked, who loved music, painting and poetry and who knitted socks while under German fire.’
      • ‘He looks more fragile suddenly, as if beneath the neatly handsome exterior, the confident demeanour, glimpses of a private self have been revealed.’
      • ‘Despite his smooth exterior, the arrogant person is, ironically, restrained and inhibited from expressing his true self.’
      • ‘Attend closely to him; he is vastly experienced, and beneath his frivolous exterior beats a heart as true as it is misplaced.’
      • ‘To call him a character would be an understatement, but beneath the eccentric exterior lurked a diver with levels of discipline and skill I have rarely seen on my travels.’
      • ‘The secrets and lies that hide behind Rhoda's perfect exterior seem to characterize her society as a whole.’
      • ‘Beneath his pleasant exterior, there is a hard edge to his personality and a ruthless side to his captaincy.’
      • ‘I smiled, glad to see that beneath his gruff exterior, dwelt a real person who appreciated good literature.’
      • ‘I have found that beneath their sometimes hard exteriors, the Czechs are in fact very tender, social and personable folks who care deeply about their friends and family.’
      • ‘In actual fact, beneath our placid exteriors, both of us were frantically trying to dream up an improvised line which could break the deadlock.’
      • ‘While the home videos continued to show the same old smiling Mamdouh, beneath the happy exterior was a man under mounting pressure.’
      • ‘And yet beneath the mellow exterior lies a fiercely independent, and at times disputatious, thinker.’
      • ‘As vice-captain Rahul Dravid says, beneath the happy-go-lucky exterior is a mind that is defiant and determined.’
      • ‘But the boy is still visible beneath the hirsute exterior.’
      • ‘Strangers may think of you as aloof and arrogant; only those closest to you know that beneath your snippy exterior lies a core of red hot rage.’
      • ‘I know that the true essence of a person is more than their exterior.’
      • ‘Just beneath his gruff exterior lies a gentle soul seeking to fill a spiritual void with companionship.’
      • ‘I did, and the intensity of his reply served as ample proof that this chap has a fierce patriotism coursing beneath the quiet exterior.’
      • ‘He gave off the aura of a bad-boy but underneath the tough exterior was sweet and understanding… qualities he had shown me.’
      • ‘She stands just five feet tall, but her dainty exterior belies the inner determination that has erupted through the surface of her ill-health.’
      image, face, public face, character, personality, identity, self, front, facade, mask, guise, exterior, role, part
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    3. 1.3(in filming) an outdoor scene.
      ‘an ideal spot to film exteriors’
      • ‘The political situation at that time precluded filming the exteriors on real South-East Asian locations, and the studio jungle looks unconvincing.’
      • ‘Griffith made me realize something else: I was wondering how to film the exteriors, i.e. how to insert the characters into the scenery.’
      • ‘And I directed the exteriors and street scenes.’
      • ‘With the weather improving, the exteriors were filmed in the fields around the Buckinghamshire studios.’
      • ‘Interiors were shot in Hollywood and exteriors in England with filming wrapping up by mid-July 1964.’


Early 16th century from Latin, comparative of exter ‘outer’.