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INTERIOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Interior mean? 

INTERIOR (noun)
  The noun INTERIOR has 3 senses:

1. the region that is inside of something
2. the inner or enclosed surface of something
3. the United States federal department charged with conservation and the development of natural resources; created in 1849

  Familiarity information: INTERIOR used as a noun is uncommon.


INTERIOR (adjective)
  The adjective INTERIOR has 5 senses:

1. situated within or suitable for inside a building
2. inside the country
3. located inward
4. inside and toward a center
5. of or coming from the middle of a region or country

  Familiarity information: INTERIOR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERIOR (noun)


Sense 1interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The region that is inside of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

inside; interior

Hypernyms ("interior" is a kind of...):

part; region (the extended spatial location of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interior"):

midland (the interior part of a country)

midst; thick (the location of something surrounded by other things)

penetralia (the innermost parts)


Sense 2interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The inner or enclosed surface of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

inside; interior

Hypernyms ("interior" is a kind of...):

surface (the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interior"):

belly (the hollow inside of something)


Sense 3Interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The United States federal department charged with conservation and the development of natural resources; created in 1849

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Department of the Interior; DoI; Interior Department; Interior

Hypernyms ("Interior" is a kind of...):

executive department (a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States)

Meronyms (parts of "Interior"):

FWS; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; US Fish and Wildlife Service (an agency in the Department of the Interior that conserves and protects fish and wildlife and their habitats; assesses the environmental impact of pesticides and nuclear power site and hydroelectric dams and thermal pollution)

National Park Service (an agency of the Interior Department responsible for the national parks)


INTERIOR (adjective)


Sense 1interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Situated within or suitable for inside a building

Context examples:

an interior scene / interior decoration / an interior bathroom without windows

Similar:

indoor (within doors)

inside (being or applying to the inside of a building)

Also:

indoor (located, suited for, or taking place within a building)

Attribute:

position; spatial relation (the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated)

Antonym:

exterior (situated in or suitable for the outdoors or outside of a building)


Sense 2interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inside the country

Synonyms:

interior; home; internal; national

Context examples:

the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior / the nation's internal politics

Similar:

domestic (of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation)


Sense 3interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Located inward

Synonyms:

inner; interior; internal

Context examples:

Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle / she thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it / an internal sense of rightousness

Similar:

inward (relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts)


Sense 4interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inside and toward a center

Context example:

interior regions of the earth

Similar:

internal (happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface)


Sense 5interior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or coming from the middle of a region or country

Synonyms:

upcountry; midland; interior

Context example:

upcountry districts

Similar:

inland (situated away from an area's coast or border)


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