1. Outer; external: the exterior door.
2. Originating or acting from the outside: exterior influences on the negotiations.
3. Suitable for use outside: an exterior paint.
1. A part or a surface that is outside: the exterior of the house.
2. An external or outward appearance: a friendly exterior.
a. A representation of the outdoors for use on a soundstage or in a theater: The artist painted exteriors for the film.
b. A scene for a movie or television program that is filmed outdoors: The exteriors for the film were shot in the mountains of New Zealand.
[Latin, comparative of exter, outward; see eghs in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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