Definitions for: Out


[n] a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball; "you only get 3 outs per inning"
[adv] away from home; "they went out last night"
[adv] from one's possession; "he gave out money to the poor"; "gave away the tickets"
[adv] outside of an enclosed space; "she is out"
[adv] outward from a reference point; "he kicked his legs out"
[adj] outer or outlying; "the out islands"
[adj] no longer fashionable; "that style is out these days"
[v] be made known; be disclosed or revealed; "The truth will out"
[v] reveal somebody else's homosexuality; "This actor was outed last week"
[v] to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality; "This actor outed last year"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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, But, prep., Carouse, Utter, a.]
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 or into. 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.
``My shoulder blade is out.'' --Shak.

He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
--Shak.

2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
constraint, etc., actual of figurative; hence, not in
concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; 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 out.

Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.

She has not been out [in general society] very long.
--H. James.

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. ``Hear me out.'' --Dryden.

Deceitiful 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.'' --Bp. Fell.

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.'' --Shak.

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.

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
Over, adv.

Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of
several days; day by day; every day.

Out and out.
(a) adv. Completely; wholly; openly.
(b) adj. Without any reservation or disguise; absolute;
as, an out and out villain. [As an adj. written also
out-and-out.]

Out at, 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. Kingsley.

Note: In these lines after out may be understood, ``of the
harbor,'' ``from the shore,'' ``of sight,'' or some
similar phrase. The complete construction is seen in
the saying: ``Out of the frying pan into the fire.''

Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See
Of and From.

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 or into; also
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; in, or into, the open air; hence, figuratively,
shut out; dismissed. See under Door, also,
Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the Vocabulary.
``He 's quality, and the question's out of door,''
--Dryden.

Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.

Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
disarranged. --Latimer.

Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation.
``Ananias . . . fell down and died out of hand.''
--Latimer.



Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
place.

Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. ``The time is out of joint.''
--Shak.

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
apprenticeship.

Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in
confusion.

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;
inopportune.

Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.

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, winding, or wind, not in warped
condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
surfaces.

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
measurements.

Out West, 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
Come, Cut, Fall, etc.

To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.

Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).


Out, n.
1. One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out
of office; -- generally in the plural.

2. A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner;
an angle projecting outward; an open space; -- chiefly
used in the phrase ins and outs; as, the ins and outs of a
question. See under In.

3. (Print.) A word or words omitted by the compositor in
setting up copy; an omission.

To make an out (Print.), to omit something, in setting or
correcting type, which was in the copy.


Out, v. t.
1. To cause to be out; to eject; to expel.

A king outed from his country. --Selden.

The French have been outed of their holds. --Heylin.

2. To come out with; to make known. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

3. To give out; to dispose of; to sell. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Out, v. i.
To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public.
``Truth will out.'' --Shak.


Out, interj.
Expressing impatience, anger, a desire to be rid of; -- with
the force of command; go out; begone; away; off.

Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools ! --Shak.

Out upon or on! equivalent to ``shame upon!'' ``away
with!'' as, out upon you!

Synonyms: away, come out, come out of the closet, out of fashion, outer(a), unfashionable, unstylish

Antonyms: in

See Also: ball, baseball, baseball game, break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, failure, give away, impart, let on, let out, putout, reveal, strikeout

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