Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Exterior"

The meaning of "Exterior" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does exterior mean?
A: adjective

forming, situated on, or relating to the outside of something.

"exterior and interior walls"

noun

the outer surface or structure of something.

"a jar with floral designs on the exterior"

Q: What does Behind that cold exterior there's a passionate man. mean?
A: It means that while the man appears to have no emotions or feelings, if you get to know him, you’ll see inside him and know that he is a caring person.
Q: What does exterior mean?
A: “Outside” such as “The exterior of the house is white.”
Q: What does Beneath his confident and charming exterior lurked a mass of insecurities. mean?
A: 看起来很骄傲,其实他觉得没信心

Example sentences using "Exterior"

Q: Please show me example sentences with on the exterior.
A: the tank was safe because on the exterior was solid steel

on the exterior I looked happy, but inside I wanted to cry

Q: Please show me example sentences with exterior.
A: The exterior of the house looked dirty, but the inside was very clean.

Synonyms of "Exterior" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between the exterior of a church and the appearance of a church ?
A: hi @Tomo97,

The answer to your question would depend on the context. But they are generally the same, and more or less interchangeable.

When you use the word exterior, you're referring to the surface directly, whereas when you talk about "appearance" you may talk about how someone view the church.

For example,

The exterior of the church is old.

In this case, it literally means that the outside of the church is old, maybe due to cracks or wear and tear.

The appearance of the church is old.

This may not be as literal. Depending on the context, the writer could mean either
The church looks like an old building, even if the outer appearance is well-kept. OR
The church appears to be very old from its design.
The church is indeed old because of the wear and tear.

The word appearance is more subjective, and talks more about the writer's perception, i.e. how an object "appears" to the writer.

"exterior" literally means exterior. 外側ですね?
Q: What is the difference between the exterior of a church and the appearance of a church ?
A: The exterior is specifically referring to the outside of the church, (could be describing the bricks, windows, particularly on the outside).
But referring to the appearance is just the way the church looks as a whole, not just the exterior, but the interior could be included too. It’s how the church appears to be.
I hope I explained that alright. :)
Ask any questions if need be.
Q: What is the difference between exterior and external ?
A: External is usually an adjective used to describe something that is outside of something.
Exterior is usually a noun: the outside part of something. It can be used as an adjective as well but that's rare.

"We painted the exterior of the house."
"We used an external hard drive to download the data."
Q: What is the difference between exterior and external ?
A: They are often used interchangeably. You are likely to be understood no matter which one is chosen.

Where a distinction may exist is I think "exterior" usually refers to the outside surface of a thing. But this is not always true. The area close to the outside of a building may also be called exterior. An island may be called exterior to a mainland.

External means generally means outside. Outer space is external to the Earth, but I would not call it exterior. But some people might.

The more I think about it, your question is very good. I struggle to explain the difference.

Translations of "Exterior"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? exterior
A: Check the question to view the answer
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? exterior
A: overseas/abroad (otro país)
exterior (parte de fuera)
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? what means "gruff exterior"
A: A rough exterior
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? comércio exterior
A: Check the question to view the answer
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? exterior
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Other questions about "Exterior"

Q: Q. Why do you do the exterior inspection right before a flight?
A. I usually check the general condition of an aircraft in order to confirm that the aircraft status is ready for the flight. For example, I check if the all doors or covers are closed firmly or if there is a leak from the aircraft. Does this sound natural?
A: × A. I usually check the general condition of an aircraft in order to confirm that the aircraft status is ready for the flight.
✓ A. I usually check the general condition of an aircraft in order to confirm that the aircraft is ready for the flight.

× For example, I check if the all doors or covers are closed firmly or if there is a leak from the aircraft.
✓ For example, I check if the all doors and covers are closed firmly or if there is a leak.

Sounds mostly natural. Made a few small edits.
Q: The exterior of Japan airline's airplanes are simple and cool. Does this sound natural?
A: Thanks for your explanation! It's helpful for me.
Q: The exterior of Kominato Tetudo is the coolest on the earth. Does this sound natural?
A: The exterior of Kominato Tetudo is the coolest on earth.
Q: ‎An odd exterior building stands near the station. It may be a library.

I don't know why it has such an appearance. Does this sound natural?
A: An odd exterior building → A building with an odd exterior
has such an appearance → looks like that
Q: I have to say that I was engaged/griped by her exterior at the very beginning Does this sound natural?
A: It sounds very natural, again great job!

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