AskDefine | Define interior

Dictionary Definition

interior adj
1 situated within or suitable for inside a building; "an interior scene"; "interior decoration"; "an interior bathroom without windows" [ant: exterior]
2 inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics" [syn: home(a), interior(a), internal, national]
3 located inward; "Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle"- Leonard Bernstein; "she thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it"- David Denby; "an internal sense of rightousness"- A.R.Gurney,Jr. [syn: inner, internal]
4 inside and toward a center; "interior regions of the earth"
5 of or coming from the middle of a region or country; "upcountry districts" [syn: midland, upcountry]

Noun

1 the region that is inside of something [syn: inside] [ant: outside]
2 the inner or enclosed surface of something [syn: inside] [ant: outside]
3 the United States federal department charged with conservation and the development of natural resources; created in 1849 [syn: Department of the Interior, Interior Department, DoI]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From interior.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. having to do with the inner part of something
  2. having to do with the inland parts of a country far from the coasts

Translations

having to do with the inner part of something
having to do with the inland parts of a country
  • Finnish: sisä-, sisämaa (genitive of the noun)
  • Hungarian: bel-

Noun

  1. The inside of a building, container, cavern, or other enclosed structure.
  2. The inside regions of a country, distanced from from the borders or coasts.
    ''Sir Richard Burton explored far into the African interior.

Translations

the inside of an enclosed structure
  • Finnish: sisätila, sisus, sisäpuoli
  • Hungarian: belső
the inside regions of a country
  • Finnish: sisämaa
  • Hungarian: belterület

Latin

Adjective

interior
  1. comparative of inter

Spanish

Adjective

  1. interior

Noun

  1. interior

Extensive Definition

In general, the interior of something refers to the space or part inside of it, excluding any kind of wall or boundary around its outside. Commonly referenced interiors are those of houses and cars. It has different, more specific definitions in different contexts.

Geography

  • British Columbia Interior, commonly called "The Interior", the inland areas of British Columbia, Canada, including but not limited to:
    • The Interior Plateau, official name of the parts of British Columbia between the Coast Mountains and the Columbia Mountains and the Canadian Rockies, and south of the Interior Mountains
  • The Columbia Plateau, Washington, USA, sometimes referred to as the "Interior Plateau"
  • The Alaska Interior, a largely wilderness area, encompassing most of the state
  • Interior Division, an administrative division of Sabah, east Malaysia, on the island of Borneo
  • U.S. Interior Highlands, a mountainous region spanning eastern Oklahoma, western and northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and the extreme southeast corner of Kansas
  • Interior Plains, a vast physiographic region that spreads across the Laurentian craton of North America

Mathematics

interior in French: Intérieur
interior in Georgian: ინტერიერი

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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