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inner adj
1 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: interior, internal]
2 located or occurring within or closer to a center; "an inner room" [syn: inner(a)] [ant: outer(a)]
3 innermost or essential; "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter" [syn: internal, intimate]
4 confined to an exclusive group; "privy to inner knowledge"; "inside information"; "privileged information" [syn: inside, privileged]
5 exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence; "inner regions of the organization"; "inner circles of government"
6 inside or closer to the inside of the body; "the inner ear"

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Middle English, from Old English innera, comparative of inne within < Indo-European, "in"



  1. Being or occurring (farther) inside, situated farther in, located (situated) or happening on the inside of something, situated within or farther within contained within something (inner door, inner room, inner sanctum, inner surface).
  2. Close to the centre, located near or closer to center (the inner suburbs).
  3. Inside or closer to the inside of the body (inner ear).
  4. Of mind or spirit, relating to the mind or spirit, to spiritual or mental processes, mental, spiritual, relating to somebody's private feelings or happening in somebody's mind, existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup (inner confidence, inner strength, inner life, inner child, inner artist, inner peace, inner light).
  5. Not obvious, private, not expressed, not apparent, hidden, less apparent, deeper, obscure, ; innermost or essential, needing to be examined closely or thought about in order to be seen or understood (inner meaning, inner resources, inner logic ).
  6. Privileged, more or most privileged, more or most influential, intimate, exclusive, more important, more intimate, private, secret, confined to an exclusive group, exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence being near a center especially of influence (inner circle, inner council ).




being or occurring inside


  1. An inner part.
  2. A forward who plays in or near the center of the field.
  3. A thin glove worn inside batting gloves or wicket-keeping gloves.




Old High German innar


  1. inner

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.


  • 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


inner in French: Intérieur
inner in Georgian: ინტერიერი

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