a) Relatively remote from some central location.

The more outlying villages were never visited by their member of parliament.

b) Located outside of some boundary or limit.

When the map was redrawn after the war, our cousin found herself living in outlying territory.

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  • Outlying — Out ly ing, a. Lying or being at a distance from the central part, or the main body; being on, or beyond, the frontier; exterior; remote; detached. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outlying — index peripheral, provincial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • outlying — (adj.) outside certain limits, 1660s, from OUT (Cf. out) + LYING (Cf. lying) (1). Meaning remote from the center is first recorded 1680s …   Etymology dictionary

  • outlying — [adj] in rural area; remote afar, backwoods, distant, external, faraway, far flung*, far off, off lying, outer, out of the way*, peripheral, provincial, removed; concept 583 Ant. central, inner, middle …   New thesaurus

  • outlying — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ situated far from a centre …   English terms dictionary

  • outlying — [out′lī΄iŋ] adj. relatively far out from a certain point or center; remote …   English World dictionary

  • outlying — [[t]a͟ʊtlaɪɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Outlying places are far away from the main cities of a country. Tourists can visit outlying areas like the Napa Valley Wine Country... The main industry on the outlying islands is farming. Syn: remote …   English dictionary

  • outlying — adjective (only before noun) far from the centre of a city, town etc or from a main building: one of the outlying suburbs | the outlying barns …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • outlying — adjective Date: circa 1690 remote from a center or main body < outlying areas > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • outlying — /owt luy ing/, adj. 1. lying at a distance from the center or the main body; remote; out of the way: outlying military posts. 2. lying outside the boundary or limit. [1655 65; OUT + LYING2] * * * …   Universalium

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