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Definition: out of doors
out of doors
adv : outside a building; “in summer we play outside”
] [ant: inside
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Definition: Out of doors
(out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
[=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
ud. [root]198. Cf. About
, prep., Carouse
In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
opposed to in
. The something may be expressed
after of, from, etc. (see Out of
, below); or, if not
expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
variety of applications, as:
1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
Opposite of in
. “My shoulder blade is out.”
He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
She has not been out [in general society] very long.
3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. “Hear
Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
--Ps. iv. 23.
When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
out at interest. “Land that is out at rack rent.”
--Locke. “He was out fifty pounds.”
I have forgot my part, and I am out. --Shak.
5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. “Lancelot
and I are out.”
Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
their own interest. --South.
Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
the same significations that it has as a separate word;
as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
Day in, day out
, from the beginning to the limit of each of
several days; day by day; every day.
, Out in
, Out on
, etc., elliptical phrases, that
to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
Note: In these lines after out may be understood, “of the
harbor,” “from the shore,” “of sight,”
similar phrase. The complete construction is seen in
the saying: “Out of the frying pan into the fire.”
, a construction similar to out of
, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in
with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
out of countenance.
Out of cess
, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
Out of character
, unbecoming; improper.
Out of conceit with
, not pleased with. See under Conceit
Out of date
, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
Out of door
, Out of doors
, beyond the doors; from the
house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
, also, Out-of-door
, in the
Vocabulary. “He 's quality, and the question's out of
Out of favor
, disliked; under displeasure.
Out of frame
, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
Out of hand
, immediately; without delay or preparation;
without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
out of hand. “Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
Out of harm's way
, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
Out of joint
, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. “The time is out of joint.”
Out of mind
, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
of memory; as, time out of mind.
Out of one's head
, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
Out of one's time
, beyond one's period of minority or
Out of order
, not in proper order; disarranged; in
Out of place
, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
proper or becoming.
Out of pocket
, in a condition of having expended or lost
more money than one has received.
Out of print
, not in market, the edition printed being
exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
Out of the question
, beyond the limits or range of
consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
Out of reach
, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
Out of season
, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
Out of sorts
, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under Sort
Out of temper
, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
Out of time
, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
Out of time
, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
agreeing temper; fretful.
Out of twist
, Out of winding
, or Out of wind
, not in
warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
Out of use
, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
Out of the way
(a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
(b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
Out of the woods
, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
Out to out
, from one extreme limit to another, including
the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
To come out
, To cut out
, To fall out
, etc. See under
To make out
See to make out
, v. t. and v.
To put out of the way
, to kill; to destroy.
Week in, week out
. See Day in, day out
, n. [OE. dore, dure, AS. duru; akin to OS. dura,
dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor gate, G. th["u]r, thor,
Icel. dyrr, Dan. d["o]r, Sw. d["o]rr, Goth. daur, Lith.
durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ?; cf. Skr.
dur, dv[=a]ra. [root]246. Cf. Foreign
1. An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by
which to go in and out; an entrance way.
To the same end, men several paths may tread,
As many doors into one temple lead. --Denham.
2. The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually
turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house
or apartment is closed and opened.
At last he came unto an iron door
That fast was locked. --Spenser.
3. Passage; means of approach or access.
I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall
be saved. --John x. 9.
4. An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or
apartment to which it leads.
Martin's office is now the second door in the
, Blind door
, etc. (Arch.) See under Blank
, or Within doors
, within the house.
Next door to
, near to; bordering on.
A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult.
Out of doors
, or Without doors
, and, [colloquially], Out doors
, out of the house; in open air; abroad; away; lost.
His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors.
To lay (a fault, misfortune, etc.) at one's door
, to charge
one with a fault; to blame for.
To lie at one's door
, to be imputable or chargeable to.
If I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door.
Note: Door is used in an adjectival construction or as the
first part of a compound (with or without the hyphen),
as, door frame, doorbell or door bell, door knob or
doorknob, door latch or doorlatch, door jamb, door
handle, door mat, door panel.