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."
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
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,C. Kingsley.
Out into the west, as the sun went down.