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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Interior \In*te"ri*or\, noun

1. That which is within; the internal or inner part of a thing; the inside.

2. The inland part of a country, state, or kingdom.

{Department of the Interior}, that department of the government of the United States which has charge of pensions, patents, public lands and surveys, the Indians, education, etc.; that department of the government of a country which is specially charged with the internal affairs of that country; the home department.

{Secretary of the Interior}, the cabinet officer who, in the United States, is at the head of the Department of the Interior.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Interior \In*te"ri*or\, adjective [L., compar. fr. inter between: cf. F. int['e]rieur. See {Inter-}, and cf. {Intimate}.]

1. Being within any limits, inclosure, or substance; inside; internal; inner; -- opposed to {exterior}, or {superficial}; as, the interior apartments of a house; the interior surface of a hollow ball.

2. Remote from the limits, frontier, or shore; inland; as, the interior parts of a region or country.

{Interior angle} (Geom.), an angle formed between two sides, within any rectilinear figure, as a polygon, or between two parallel lines by these lines and another intersecting them; -- called also {internal angle}.

{Interior planets} (Astron.), those planets within the orbit of the earth.

{Interior screw}, a screw cut on an interior surface, as in a nut; a female screw.

Syn: Internal; inside; inner; inland; inward.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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}, {interior}, {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: {interior}, {midland}, {upcountry}]


1: the region that is inside of something [syn: {inside}, {interior}] [ant: {exterior}, {outside}]

2: the inner or enclosed surface of something [syn: {inside}, {interior}] [ant: {exterior}, {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}, {Interior}, {DoI}]

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